Spring 2023: Building Christian Relationships

     In a day of superficial friendships and a selfish understanding of love, it is important to have a biblical understanding of how to build lasting relationships. A wise person is always involved in the challenging business of building relationships. Everyone needs the relaxed enjoyment, acceptance, stability, and security of ongoing, long-lasting relationships that have been kept in good repair.
     The soaring divorce rate is only one indication among many that we know a great deal more about technology than about the tough business of establishing quality relationships that not only endure the test of time but overcome it by becoming increasingly meaningful.
How can we build quality relationships which will forge unbreakable links that enable us to become what God intends us to be? In God's Word we have a treasury of truth about building Christian relationships as they affect our neighbor, home, society, work, money, government, public life, and the church.
    In this quarter of lessons on "Building Christian Relationships" we examine God's Word to discover values and principles we can apply to our friendships and relationships, at whatever stage of life we find ourselves. Ultimately, all relationships in this world are based on loving others in the name of our Lord Jesus and with His love as our standard.

2023-02-27T16:49:08+00:00February 27th, 2023|Categories: Quarter Topic|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Are you a stepping stone or a stumbling block?

In "Word Focus" Glenn McClure writes:

“The kind of stumbling block or hindrance which Paul had in mind is the setting of an example which might lead another into sin. A Christian ‘stumbles' if, following the example of a more emancipated Christian, he does something of which his own conscience does not really approve. In consequence his spiritual life will suffer grave injury” (Bruce, Romans). Thus, the stronger Christian should resolve to live out his Christian experience so it would not be an occasion of leading his weaker brother to sin, whether by example or by a severe and harsh judgment which would provoke him to anger, or create jealousies, envyings, or suspicions. There is no allowance for indifference, for the influence which the believer's conduct may have on another believer should be exercised in consideration which is due to them. The searchlight of divine love should be turned upon our own hearts in order to determine whether we are stepping stones or stumbling blocks.

Source: Studies in Romans: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 76.

2017-02-25T09:00:00+00:00February 25th, 2017|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: , |0 Comments

Christian Consideration

Read Romans 14:7-15
“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (v. 10).
“We won't see John Wesley in heaven, will we?” — When asked this question by one of his followers, George Whitefield humbly replied, “Yes, you're right, we won't see him in heaven. He will be so close to the throne of God, and we will be so far away, that we won't be able to see him!” Even though John Wesley and George Whitefield had serious disagreements about Christian doctrine and practice they still greatly respected each other and refused to call the other person's salvation into question even when the opportunity presented itself. This is a wonderful example for us to follow when we might be tempted to pass judgement on someone else because we do not agree with them on a certain point! The apostle Paul reminds us in this passage that all men must stand before God and give an account of their own actions (including anger and division!). Therefore he exhorts Christians in verse 13 “that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way,” and in verse 19 to “follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” Jesus conveys His heart on this when He says in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” He defined “friends” in the parable of the Good Samaritan and demonstrated “greater love” when He died for His enemies on the hill of Calvary. (Kevin Askew)

Let's make sure the hill we choose to die on is not our own soap box!

This devotional is the Tuesday, February 21, 2017 entry of Opening the Word.

2017-02-24T09:00:00+00:00February 24th, 2017|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , , |0 Comments


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