Ever 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!