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Technology is a beautiful thing. At a click of a few buttons I can find recipes, how to treat different injuries, learn a new craft and even gather amazing homeschooling resources. What the internet can not provide however is ways to cure broken relationships. Sure we have many writers out there who throw out their own personal experiences in hope to encourage, enlighten and point you in the right direction and yet we can not fix or mend your relationship. If however, you are following the right sources then they will point you to the right place…..Jesus!!
In Matthew Chapter 10 we find that Jesus is sending His disciples out to spread the word that He is here and that He can offer you something that no one else has been able to do.
Jesus Was Here To Offer Us:
Unconditional love that could only come from following Him
Yet this came with a cost. The people who the disciples reached needed to be willing to turn their backs on their lives as they knew it. One that had steer clear of what God wanted for their lives to begin with. One that was filled with so much red tape that it was impossible for you to achieve perfection. He also knew that as they were out reaching the people that they were going to ruffle more than a few feather and it was going to cause a lot of strain in relationships.
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. ~Matthew 10:34-39
The people assumed that Jesus was going to bring peace on Earth when what He really did was bring an inner peace that would protrude outward into the world. This is a bit different than what their culture was used to which would cause family and friends to turn against those who decided to follow this new way of thinking.
As I pondered on this I thought about myself and my marriage. When I became a believer and my husband was not it was hard. My new way of thinking caused a lot of friction in my marriage. It seemed like the closer I got to God the closer I was to loosing my marriage. Then something changed……My husband was able to see an interchange in me. My husband came to realize there was a new man in my life named Jesus and it was just something he was going to have to get used to. He notice that things were different and they were completely not my own personal doing. This in turn caused him to begin to question everything he had thought before.
One of the greatest things we can do is to put our relationship with Jesus before any other relationships. We need to put our Spiritual relationship before our husband, before our children, before our extended family, before our friends and even before our own personal desires. Our focus should always and I mean always be Christ focused.
When we apply what we are learning through our devotion times and truly trust in God then we find something that seems to amazingly happen in our relationships with others and ourselves.
We begin to view each other with the same grace that God views us with.
We begin to love others the way God loves us.
We begin to long to reach out to lost souls.
We begin to be a lot less judgement and a lot more compassionate.
Now you may wonder what about those who never come around? After all we all know a few people like that am I right? As I discussed last week we will be persecuted and yet we can receive comfort from God but there was something else that was revealed in this weeks reading……..
If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. ~Matthew 10:14
Does this mean that we stop praying for this person or these people? Not at all. However it does mean that we need to separate ourselves. These relationships can cause toxic repercussions in our own lives. They can cause us to have doubts and they can cause us to loose our focus.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
I am blogging through the Bible with some great friends. Each week we share our thoughts on passages that we are reading together through the week. It is amazing to me just how God is laying different things on each of our hearts. You do not have to be a blogger to join in. In fact the main goal of Good Morning Girls is to encourage women of God to dedicate a little of their time each morning to seeking wisdom from God’s Word. To join us simply click on the image below and it will take you directly to Good Morning Girls where you will find our reading plan, free study materials and wonderful words of inspiration.
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