Jesus Centered Relationships

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friends laughingCol 3:12-17 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you

The Carnegie institute states the 90 percent of all people who fail in their work fail because they can’t get along with people. Something in us makes relationships hard. Our gut instinct, annoyances, and distaste for conflict drive us to avoid, eliminate or control others. Those we deal with most often are often the most challenging. We wish they would change. But we can’t make them. If we force it, we probably aren’t following Jesus in that moment.

Shouldn’t we have better relationship through our relationship with Jesus? Theoretically yes, but we must be intentional about following His lead. Three things become possible when we center our lives on Jesus. I encourage you to pick on as a starting place to start today an experience the difference He makes.

Embrace Jesus’ Heart of Grace Towards Others.

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Confession Matters

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reflective womanMost believers feel incredible peace when Jesus’ new life is first birthed in them. As a result we want stay close Jesus, enjoying His deep peace & direction. We love the confident sense of being secure and on track in life. This is the core of the gospel. God is real and wants us to be in life changing relationship with Him! WOW!

Who wouldn’t want that? What gets in the way most often? What can fog it out faster than anything else? The answer: our own sin. It often comes without us noticing. Like forgetting to check your tires and being surprised when one is sitting flat in the morning.

This past Sunday we examined a spiritual discipline that can keep this from happening while keeping us spiritual strong in Jesus. The discipline is intentional confession of sin.

1. Why It Matters: Storing Unconfessed Sin is Dangerous to Our Lives.

Psalm 32:3-5 When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. See also vv. 1-2, Psalm 38:4-8 and Proverbs 28:13

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Choosing Joy in Frustrating Relationships

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choose joy promo 02Ever have a day you wish you stayed in bed. Things started out challenging and went uphill all day long. Every wished someone stayed in bed? Some people can be really frustrating/ challenging. The closer they are to you the more frustrating they become.

This happens in our spiritual family as well. What should be source of great joy sometimes brings disappointment, frustration or even hurt. In last weeks message we learned about How can we find joy in our spiritual family when part of them are frustrating us? Here is the core outline. If you want to grab the whole message just go to our website at http://www.parkviewfamily.com/#/welcome/listen-to-sermons

Ps 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!

1. Remember You Are on the Same Team!

    Phil 1:3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, 5 in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.

      Col 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful Eph 4:4., Rom 12:5 & Jn 17:23

In Christ we are really all on the same team. American individualism tends to think only about me perhaps my immediate family. Anything that gets in the way of that annoys us. What if the annoyance is intended for our good.. to make us better. Thank God for your teammates even when they confronts, challenge, aggravate or frustrate you.

2. Believe that Jesus is Still at Work in Each of You!

    Phil. 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

      Phil 2:13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure 1Thes 2:13

No follower of Christ is perfect but ALL are being changed for the better. Think for a minute. Are you are exactly the same today as you were ten years ago? Why not? Are there areas of your life you still wish would change? We are all still under construction. Some of us still need that caution tape to warn others!

3. Let Christ’s Love Mature & Overflow in You.

      Phil. 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God

      1Tim 1:5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

Growth in holy love is God’s ultimate priority for believer’s relationships. Jesus said loving God and others is the most important thing in life. What if those challenging relationship are our greatest opportunity to grow up in how we do that?

      Join us this week as we discover more Keys to choosing and experiencing Joy in our journey!

 

Finding Peace in Life’s Conflicts

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relational conflict promo posterPs 100:4 says, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” This verse has been our weekly worship theme for the past 6 weeks. Many have been profoundly impacted by the simple habit of saying “thank you” to God as they enter worship. I hope you will continue this habit the rest of your life. Something changes in our soul when we embrace intentional gratitude. It is a way for us to dig deeper in our worship relationship with God every week.

…most people are Peace-fakers or Peace-breakers. God however calls us to be peacemakers!

If you are looking for a next step consider Psalm 118:24. “This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This points a way of taking the depth of weekly worship through the week with us. With Thanksgiving approaching, why not practice this verse every day. In the time between your eyes opening and your feet hitting the floor, I challenge you to intentionally thank God for giving you another day. Then carry that gratitude with you.

I know it can be hard to do that some days. That is why we are taking on the subject of Finding Peace in Life’s Conflicts during the month of November. Did you know God commands us to be peacemakers. Heb 12:14 Pursue peace with all men…, Rom 12:18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men & 1Thes. 5:13b Live in peace with one another. A book I read recently said most people are Peace-fakers or Peace breakers. God however calls us to be peacemakers!

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men

Conflict is a frustrating reality of life, but as followers of Christ, we are called to a higher way. We will look at how Christ empowers us to do the impossible some impossible situations. Sadly, too many times we handle conflict no better than those who do not follow Jesus. It shouldn’t be that way. I hope you will make a priority to join us each weekend and discover how Jesus can help you become a peacemaker in a world that seems to relish conflict.