Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Relationship Reality Check

Ever wander if God loves you? I mean, REALLY loves you? Part of our issue surrounds the fact that we have a skewed definition of love. We think that when someone is loving us then good things are happening, harmony exists in the relationship, and we are safe from hurt. This is simply not true.

Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him. Psalm 4:3 NIV

I underlined "the godly" but go back and reread that line and put your name in the blank. (I'll wait) Now, let it soak in. Read it again. Again. One more time.

You see, the Lord has set you apart for himself in a sovereign act apart from you. Are you godly? Are you following him today? Then you are godly. If you are living in rebellion to God and have known unconfessed sin why not stop right now, confess it, and be free from the weight of that sin in your life. You see, he has set you apart and you have the privilege of praying and having your prayers answered. When you pray, he hears, and forgives! It's that simple! Then, commit to turning away (repenting) from that sin with God's help. (doesn't' that feel better!)

All relationships, including your relationship with God is going to be put to the test, and here are some practical steps on how to deal with trying times in any relationship:

v4 In your anger do not sin - you see, there are times for anger and we should be careful not to sin by attempting to make things right. Let God handle that part.

v4 search your hearts - you can't search someone else's heart. We've got a fight on our hands just dealing with our own hearts.

v4 be silent - Whoah! That is not easy advice, but it is good advice. When we are silent God can talk to us.

v5 offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord - Keep your focus on the Lord. When we start to look around at others we have a tendency to blame them.

What are the results of living life according to this plan? (glad you asked)

Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?"
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.
You have filled my heart with greater joy
than when the grain and new wine abound.
I will lie down and sleep in peace
for you alone, O Lord,
make me dwell in safety. Ps 4:6-8 NIV

Let me know what you think!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Tye,
We all want that cozy feeling, self included, but as Rick Warren said, "God is more interested in your character than your comfort." or Job who said, " Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" I have seen the Lord be faithful even in times when it didn't FEEL like He was there or "in it." God is good.