Godly relationships for believers

Godly relationships are very important in the church of today. Many of our churches have been divided for many years and have become unhealthy ‘Sunday civic clubs.’

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Genesis 3:1-13Genesis 3:1-13
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3 1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Yea...: Heb. Yea, because, etc. 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. pleasant: Heb. a desire 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. aprons: or, things to gird about 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. cool: Heb. wind 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.  

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we read about the first division between believers.  Adam and Eve knew God in a personal way no one else has had the opportunity to know Him.  Then they disobeyed God’s commands and brought sin into the world.

Mankind has had to deal with sin ever since.  Of course no one is at fault when there’s a problem in the church.

Adam blamed Eve; Eve blamed the serpent, and the devil, well he just laughed because he had accomplished what he set out to do.

He got Adam and Even drove out of the Garden and there his works were distributed into man of all nationalities.

Romans 5:12Romans 5:12
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12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: for that: or, in whom  

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says “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”

Since Adam partook of this forbidden fruit, all men now have the curse on them.  The curse among other things is pride.  One of the most destructive sins of this life.

Yes, we have all sinned.  Yes we all have a job to do in the church but many want another person’s job.

We do battle to hold onto our place and gain additional jobs of power and notoriety.  We battle each other and hold grudges.

Galatians 5:13-26Galatians 5:13-26
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13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. ye...: or, fulfil not 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. affections: or, passions 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.  

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shares that even a little offense or discord can cause the whole work God has planted to become tainted.  Tainted works are good for nothing if forgiveness is not obtained.

I like verses 14-15.  “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another.”

We fight each other, strive for position and then eat each others reputation for gaining something we wanted. We do all we can to slander another person in order to gain position.

The stage (or piano more specifically) is a place of contention many times.  I have seen whole churches split over who’s going to play the piano.

In our church, we have 2 wonderful players on the keyboard and piano.  They work in harmony and do very well. When one is gone, the other takes over.

When there is a problem, the musicians have to forgive and pray together before they are permitted to return to the place of prominence on the platform.

Galatians 6:2-3Galatians 6:2-3
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2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.  

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tells us to bear one anothers burdens.  When we pray for another, we cannot stay mad at that person.  Godly relationships are built out of prayer, quality time together in worship and other activities.

Hebrews 10-24-25 says “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so  much the more as you see the day approaching.”

worship

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Our goal in life as believers is to meet together regularly to encourage and uplift each other.  As we worship in spirit and truth, we are able to reach out to those with heavy burdens and help to lift them.

Meeting together must never become a drudgery because we haven’t forgiven another.  It should be a pleasure to come together to pray, worship, and hear God’s Word to help us live a successful life full of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:1Romans 14:1
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14 1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. not...: or, not to judge his doubtful thoughts  

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says “Him that is weak in the faith receive you, but not to doubtful disputations.” 

Don’t kill off the wounded in the army of God, rather, receive them, and help them get back on the narrow pathway to God.  We must become an army who never leaves its dead, but raises them for more service.

Dissension in the body of Christ is not what is supposed to happen.  We are about lifting, loving, and helping one another.  We are to pull in those who have wounded spirits in this life and help them.

Does your church do that?  Or are you one who tears down others with the almighty tongue in the Name of God “sharing” prayer requests?

Think about that the next time someone falls from the will of God. Lift don’t bury!

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