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February 26, 2017, 2:37 PM

From the Pastor - February 19, 2017

Dear Friends,

I want to add some thoughts to the idea about being right or being in relationship.  To start, I am not saying that we should break off relationships because we perceive that someone else is wrong or we are right.  Rather I am saying that by insisting that we are right, (especially in small petty things) and making our rightness a big deal in the relationship, we are slowly destroying the relationship.  The point isn’t to somehow have moral justification to end a relationship, especially a marriage.  The point is to stregthen and improve all of our relationships, especially our marriages.

This is not easy, and without intentional work we will not move in the right direction.  If we are apathetic, if we are lazy, or if we simply continue to make time for everything except those we love our relationships will get worse.  The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”  This is the work of the redeemed.  It is the work of those whom God has saved through His Son.  But it is not and will not be easy.

Escaping the trap of selfish ambition and vain conceit is difficult.  Humility is difficult.  Considering others as better than ourselves is difficult.  Nothing that is good, noble or Godly is ever easy, but it is always worth it.  Let’s do the difficult work together.

In God’s Grip,
Pastor Mark

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