Episode 48 Experiencing God’s grace in relationships
What is the greatest challenge that we face in our lives? While there may be many answers to that question, I would say that perhaps the greatest challenge that most of us face has to do with relationships. Why should that be so? How can we know God’s grace in every relationship? We often struggle with close relationships in our family. We often are challenged in relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are challenged in our relationships in our jobs. And certainly nations are challenged as men strive to be at peace with one another. We want to concentrate today on our relationships as brothers and sisters in Christ that we may see clearly God’s chosen way for growth.
• Why are relationships such a challenge?
o The effects of sin (in our person and in the world)
o Selfishness (James 4:1-6)
o Not seeing others through God’s eyes (His care for every person)
• The foundation of success is death to self
o Accomplished at Calvary for the human race
o Begun in experience when we are baptized into His death
o Continued as we abide in Christ (daily relationship)
• Recognize that God’s grace comes to me through others (Eph. 4:7, Acts 4:33, 20:32)
o He uses men to proclaim the gospel to us
o He uses men to care for us and meet our needs
o He uses men to instruct us in the way of righteousness
• Recognize that God uses each of us to minister to others
o God makes us a channel of His love and care to others
o Selfishness is driven from us as we give ourselves to labor in the lives of others
o The cost of laboring is very real (laying down our lives)
• At the heart of discipleship is the question of accountability
o Am I willing to be accountable to God for the grace coming to me through others?
o Am I willing to be accountable for the grace God has given me for others?
o Accountability is very critical for change and growth
• In His sovereignty God has chosen to:
o Work all things in Christ Jesus
o Work in and through men
o Hold us accountable in every relationship (receiving and giving)