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Attitudes that Honor God and Strengthen Our Relationships

This past weekend, Leslie and I had the privilege and blessing to volunteer at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember Getaway in Chattanooga. In the hours immediately following the conference, our team gathers to read through hundreds of evaluation forms in search of situations that require prayer or follow-up of some kind. One of the things that we often read from attendees is the sentiment that the conference is a refresher course or a reminder of things they already know and have been taught before. The message there isn’t “This is the same old, same old,” but rather expressions of gratitude and the recognition that the biblical principles of God’s plan for marriages, family, and relationship are timeless and bear repeating. With that in mind, let’s look at just a few attitudes (along with examples of supporting scripture) that we would do well to pursue each day in our walk with the Lord and in our interactions with those around us, whether they be family, friends, acquaintances, or strangers.

 

Truthfulness:

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are His delight. – Proverbs 12:22

Therefore, having put away falsehood let each of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. – Ephesians 4:25

Forgiveness:

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. – Mark 11:25

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. – Matthew 18:21-22

Kindness:

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially those who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:10

Thus says the Lord of hosts, render true judgments; show kindness and mercy to one another. – Zechariah 7:9

Selflessness:

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. – Philippians 2:3-4

Love does not insist on its own way; – 1 Corinthians 13:5

Let’s not take these familiar teachings for granted. Let’s choose to look at them with fresh eyes, knowing the Father who loves us calls us to put feet to them as we serve Him and our neighbors daily. Blessings,  Kevin

 

 

 

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