For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
This is to continue until all of us are united in our faith and in our knowledge about God’s Son, until we become mature, until we measure up to Christ, who is the standard.
We are relational beings.
Jesus came to restore our broken relationship with God.
He does that by turning our lives around.
Instead of focusing on ourselves as the supreme being of our lives, we look to God as our Lord.
The whole point of repentance isn’t to feel bad about what you did in the past, it’s to change the way you think and act.
God’s forgiveness is always and already available.
He is merciful.
That’s part of His divine nature.
True repentance occurs when we recognize God’s holiness and our inability to measure up.
How can you have a relationship with someone that you can’t talk to face to face?
We cannot raise ourselves up to Heaven, so God came down to our level.
Through Jesus, we can boldly approach the Father in prayer.
We know we don’t deserve to stand in His presence.
But Jesus makes a way where there is no way.
There are three basic types of people that you can have relationships with in this world.
You can have a relationship with:
If you’re a Christian, love should motivate those relationships.
What does love look like?
How does it express itself?
What actions does it initiate?
You pray to God.
That’s how you communicate with God.
If you don’t communicate, you don’t really have a relationship.
There’s many ways to pray and many things to pray about.
You can pray for yourself and for other people.
But what you’re doing when you pray is talking to God.
And you can listen too.
That’s most helpful.
When interacting with other believers, you are submitted to one another in love.
We build each other up in love.
We speak the truth in love.
We edify, encourage and comfort one another with life giving words of faith.
When we interact with unbelievers, we are making the most of every opportunity.
We are witnesses to the truth.
We represent Christ.
We’re ambassadors of Christ.
We are salt and light.
We are ministers of reconciliation.
We proclaim the Good News and invite people to be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ.
The relationships we have with the three types of people that exist are all opportunities to flow in the Holy Spirit and glorify our Father in Heaven.
The actions we take are based on what type of person we’re interacting with.
With the Supreme Being, we pray in humility.
With fellow believers, we disciple one another in grace, humility, patience and respect.
With unbelievers, we evangelize in love, gentleness, and respect.
We’re always building.
We’re always loving.
We’re always serving.
May God’s will be done in your life and the life of everyone you interact with.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.