This past Sunday we concluded our series "What would happen if?...I valued realtionships" You can listen to the podcasts or download it by clicking here WYANDOTTE FAMILY PODCAST You can also watch the sermons on our NEW You Tube Channel CLICK HERE
Relationships are rewarding, exhilarating, fulfilling, encouraging and disappointing, painful, hurtful and confusing. Relationships are complex and take a lot of work which is why it is so easy to stay surface level. This is why it is so easy to avoid meaningful relationships and just stay busy.
It sounds like a good plan until we feel empty and disconnected. We were created for relationships and we were created to value relationships. When we disengage from a relationship with our Creator and relationships with others we miss out.
In order to experience the depth of love my heart longs for;
I need to be willing to experience the depth of a relationship.
This is why Jesus said, "Love God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself." Both of them are connected and equally important.
Jesus’ brother James continues the teaching to the early church when he wrote in…
1 John 4:7-8—7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
James goes on to say if you do not love others than you don’t know God! You cannot separate one from the other. Since God is love the more connected to God we become the more loving we become.
Wait a minute Jeremy, are you saying you can attend church and even give in the offering and not be connected to God? YES! Spiritual activity alone isn't a sign of spiritual maturity and health. The FRUIT of the Holy Spirit is. John 15 says we need to continually remain in Him to produce fruit in our lives.
When you and I are connected to God, love expands inside of us. When we are disconnected love lessons. We start judging ourselves by our intentions and judging others by their actions. We start holding grudges and keeping score. We lose focus.
How much love is in operation in your life? In your relationships? That is a good indicator of how connected you are to God? Here is the GOOD NEWS! If you are lacking in love, the one who is LOVE is waiting with open arms. You can be reconnected in this moment! Allow the one who is LOVE to fill you with HIS love so you can began to share HIS love!
Father God, forgive me for not sharing your love the way you have called me to. I recognize and confess in this moment I have not been connected to the way I could be. Forgive me! Thank you for your love and grace. Thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you that I can walk in forgiveness, freedom and in your love today. I can love my spouse, children, neighbors and even enemies the way you have loved me. In Jesus name ! AMEN!