Saturday, October 10, 2009

Improve your Relationships through Christ

It seems that we all go through times that we just don't seem to click. I have this occuring in my families life with a few of my children. Relationships are tough, and often we forget whats really important. Occassionally, Debbie and I watch the movie "Fireproof", just as a way to remind ourselves of what God's word says about love and how we are supposed to give and receive love.

John 15:13-14 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

- I Cor. 4:2 “Now it is required that those who have been give a trust must prove faithful.”

(Amplified Version) – “Moreover, it is (essentially) required of stewards that a man should be found faithful (proving himself worthy of trust)…

In order to build a healthy relationship, trust has to be involved. Now the simply definition of the word trust is to ‘rely upon, to depend upon, to believe that the other person would do nothing to hurt, harm or damage you.’ I have heard people say, ‘As soon as I met that person I immediately knew that I could trust him/her.’ Thinking like that is what causes a person to trust someone who is not trustworthy!

You cannot know that a person is trustworthy simply by looking at them and listening to what comes out of their mouth. Remember that old cliché that ‘all that glitters is not gold.’ Notice what our Scripture says – it says that the person who has been given a trust (a responsibility of caring for…) must first of all PROVE themselves worthy of that trust.

Before you give someone your heart, before you give someone your body, they have to be proven and tried that they are worthy of that sacred trust!!! Trust takes time, trust must be tried before it can be developed. Trust is not something whereby a person will simply ‘go along to get along.’ But trust is developed when the person is there for you in the good times and in the bad times. When they are there for you when you are ‘up’ and when you are ‘down.’ For some of the people whom you have thought you could trust – you need to tell them what God says in Scripture. “You have been weighed in the balance and have been found lacking!” That is why you don’t enter into a relationship with someone as soon as you meet them. Because trusting takes time and it can only be acquired through being tested and tried.
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