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December 2, 2013

December 2, 2013

"Restore Broken Relationships this Christmas"

We're starting a series this week on restoring relationships. It is one of the hopes God has for us as we approach the return of the Savior.

“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Jesus, if His love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you…agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.”Philippians 2: 1 – 2 MSG

God sent Jesus into the world so that relationships could be healed. The first relationship He wanted to heal is the one between Him and us, but that was not the only relationship He’s interested in. Christmas is about restoring relationships and many of us have relationships that need mending.

God wants us to value relationships and make every effort to maintain them rather than discarding them whenever there is a rift, hurt or conflict. Many of us have this need and need to attend to it.

The Bible tells us that God has given us the ministry of restoring relationships. For this reason, a significant amount of the New Testament is devoted to teaching us how to get along with one another.

The apostle Paul taught that our ability to get along with others is a mark of our own spiritual maturity. Since Christ wants His family to be known for our love for each other, broken fellowship is a disgraceful testimony to unbelievers.

That’s why Paul was embarrassed by the problems in the Corinthian church. The fact that some were turning to the courts appalled him. He wrote, “Shame on you! Surely there is at least one wise person in your fellowship who can settle a dispute between fellow Christians.” (1 Corinthians 6: 5 TEV)

If you want God’s blessings on your life and want to be known as a child of God, you must learn to be a peacemaker. Jesus said, “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5: 9 NLT)

Christmas is a good time to actively work towards restoring broken relationships. Sit down, pray about those with whom you have broken relationships, and seek to restore those relationships.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don