Theme: Growing Healthy Relationships
Text: Ephesians 4:31-32
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Life is filled with a variety of relationships.
Potential of Relationships.
People were created for relationships – first with God, then with other human beings.
1.BE KIND & Give Your Best in your Relationships.
2. BE TENDERHEARTED or Be Sensitive in your Relationships.
Developing a Tender Heart Takes Time.
Developing a Tender Heart is Costly.
Tenderness is the Key that Unlocks the Door to Intimacy.
3. BE FORGIVING & Let Past Mistakes Go
“Forgiveness is surrendering my right to hurt you for hurting me.”
Five steps in the process of extending forgiveness to those who have deeply wronged and hurt you.
P – Pray for the person, Luke 6:28 – “pray for them which despitefully use you”
E – Empathize. View your enemy from a different perspective.
A – Act. Do specific good deeds to and for that person. Matthew 5:44 – “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you.”
C – Confess. Be honest enough with yourself to admit any and all responsibility that you share in the evil.
E – Emulate Christ. WDJD – What did Jesus do? He forgave, Luke 22:34. So must you!
Man is never more like God than when he forgives.
Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. ––Proverbs 19:11
What should be your motivation for building healthy relationships with your family, friends, employer and employees?
Identify a relationship that needs attention. What do you need to work on? How can we pray for you?