Authentic Relationships (13 October)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

We are part of the same body. Stop lying and start telling each other the truth. Don’t get so angry that you sin. Don’t go to bed angry and don’t give the devil a chance.

If you are a thief, quit stealing. Be honest and work hard, so you will have something to give to people in need.

Stop all your dirty talk. Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say.

Don’t make God’s Spirit sad. The Spirit makes you sure that someday you will be free from your sins.

Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others. Don’t yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude. Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.

Do as God does. After all, you are his dear children. Let love be your guide. Christ loved us and offered his life for us as a sacrifice that pleases God.

Ephesians 4.25-5.2

Reflect:

There are parts of the Bible that the most learned theologians can wrangle about for decades and still not agree on the meaning. This is not one of those parts. It is good, clear, sound instructions for conducting your relationships with integrity; in other words, how to relate to people in a way that doesn’t contradict the faith you profess.

Respond:

Think about one person you are struggling to get along with at the moment. Hold them in your mind and read the passage through again. Ask God to show you one particular way you can change your behaviour towards that person.

Midday Meditation:

"When we love people, we love God. When we participate in helping the invisible become visible, we love God. Loving God is then intimately tied to loving the people God created.

Part of loving God is seeing with our hearts into the real and sacred stories of each other’s lives and actively participating in making the invisible visible by calling out the dignity, beauty and worth of every human being we intersect with…”

(Kathy Escobar)

Evening Reflection:

'Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.'

(1 Corinthians 13. 4-7 NIV)

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