Words of Encouragement:
Two of the most thought provoking verses or messages that Jesus has said are:
“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.” (Matthew 10:40 ESV)
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” (John 10:20 ESV)
When considering Christ’s words, we realize how important it is to be sensitive to those we are influencing and how important it is, as much as possible, to live with forgiveness and peace with one another. Therefore the following devotion is very practical and takes on a special meaning from Lutheran Church Charities (used by written permission)
Building Healthy and Fulfilling Relationships
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
To fulfill God’s plan for your life, you need relationships with the right people, those who stick by you come what may. Remember Jonathan, who loved David even at the cost of his own life? And Ruth, who loved her mother-in-law Naomi and gave her a reason to live again? God can introduce you to such people and help you build a relationship with them. Think about it: He wouldn’t say, ‘It is not good that man should be alone,’ then ask you to live in isolation (Genesis 2:18). Sometimes when you’re by yourself, you’re in the worst possible company! But you may need to be healed within before you can build healthy relationships and make healthy choices. That means learning to differentiate between ‘using’ relationships and ‘heart ties’. Blood ties don’t wear as well as heart ties. Allow God to work on you and when you’re ready, He will facilitate the necessary introductions. In the meantime get to know Him better because He’s the source of true self-esteem. If your last relationship stripped you of self-worth and drained you spiritually, use this time to get back on your feet. You may never have this opportunity again! Begin to love like God loves. He sees our imperfections, handles our rejection, and loves us regardless. Knowing that, it will help you not to discard a good person because they did a bad thing. Would you throw your car away because of a faulty part? If God forgave you the way you forgive others, could you stand? (See Psalm 130:3). Ask Him today to show you how to build healthy, fulfilling relationships. He will do it!
Heavenly Father, You are my most important relationship. Help me find others who also know You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
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