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OK, so basically we are all a bunch of chickens. Most of us would rather run across the road during rush hour than have a confrontation – especially when it comes to those with whom we are in the closest relationships. We avoid confronting loved-ones who’ve hurt us because we can remember and we know how well it’s worked in the past. We’d rather not go there again . . .
Well, I have some “Good News” to share: It doesn’t have to be that way! I believe the Bible offers us a means to make it helpful for our relationships when we confront those we love who’ve hurt us. This Sunday we’ll look at Matthew 18:15-20 as well as Ephesians 4:14-15 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-13, and discover God’s method for successfully confronting the problems, and the problem individuals, that trip up our relationships.
Seriously! It really works and it’s a lot simpler than you might expect. I guarantee that you haven’t heard anyone preach a sermon like this one before. Of course, you might say that about any sermon I preach . . .
Relationship are difficult! Even on Valentine’s day. Whether with our spouse, our children, our neighbors, our co-workers, or a variety of others, we seem to run into trouble more often than we avoid it. The problem is that problems happen in relationships! And few of us are well equipped to deal with them.
Well, in my usual “crazy California dude” way, I decided to look at relationship problems from a different perspective: Why cant the problems we face in relationships be turned into helpful things? I believe I’ve found direction, right from the mouth of Jesus, on how to use things that usually cause problems in relationships as helpful tools.
On Sunday, we’ll look at Matthew 5:21-22 (a passage right out of the Sermon on the Mount) and other Old and New Testament passages (Proverbs 29:11, James 1:19-20, and Ephesians 4:26) to find out how ANGER can be helpful for ALL your relationships. (I see that look on your face, but it works – really!)
Don’t believe me? Well, I dare you to join us this Sunday for a message that will give you a very different perspective on how God can help us to use Anger as a positive force in our relationships – all of them! I also encourage you to invite that friend or neighbor you’ve been thinking about. Continue reading