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RELATIONSHIPS
by paul hoffmaster
12/10/12
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RELATIONSHIPS
Relationships hold the key to the revelations of God. Christians have developed a stagnation of Biblical truths which is a result of the lack of conciliatory behavior. The Bible says that the world will know we are believers by the love we have for one another. When the Christian fails to keep horizontal acceptance of one another at a strong priority level, not only will the revealing of God’s Word be limited, but the Gospel will be hindered in its presentation. The relationship which the Believers have with each other is to be held in its highest regard. The “seventy times seven” rule (Mt. 18: 22) is to be followed with unfaltering obedience. When Believers hurt each other with acts of commission or omission, there must be immediate repentance (change of course or direction.) The longer a rift is evidenced between Believers, the greater the chances that the world will observe it and judge the Christian movement by its inconsistencies.
Whatever God has put together, Satan has attempted to divide. One such area is the Christian family. There is a simple principle that states as the family goes, so goes the Church. A dysfunctional home will bring about a divided church. The Church is a called out company of Believers that are dedicated to the Kingdom of God, and without unity, its goals will never be achieved. Many so-called places of worship are nothing more than gatherings of people in social interaction without the benefit of the Triune God.
The Bible states that husbands are to love their wives and that wives are to submit unto their husbands. It also states that children are to obey their parents. Many Christians have a hard time with these expectations. The problem arises because Believers stop reading too soon. It is called “selected reading.” One reads only as far as one is comfortable with the content, or doesn’t read anything that might cause discomfort. What some Believers fail to see is that all submissions and love within the Christian family is around the involvement of Christ. “…love your wives AS Christ loved the church and gave himself for it.” (Eph. 5:25) Wives are to submit “AS unto the Lord.” (Eph. 5:22) Children should obey “in the Lord.” (Eph. 6:1) If the Believer fails to bring Christ into the equation, the door to the world’s thinking and behavior will be opened to the spouse and offspring.
The Christians must realize that they are not an entity unto themselves, but are part of the Body of Christ. The Believers are in fact “members one of another.” (Rom. 12:5) The Bible states that we “…..are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28) Paul urged that all Believers “…speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (I Cor. 1:10) The unity of the Believer is so important that Jesus commanded that if there is a problem between His followers they are to take serious steps to alleviate the situation. The correct application of Luke 17:3 and Matthew 18:15-17,21-22 will show how serious the Believer is in pursuing the Kingdom of God. When the Church dedicates itself to fulfilling God’s Word, the world will see a new and living way that can even work for them.
If God’s people will reveal their obedience to His Word, God’s revelations will be a daily happening.


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Mark Trodd  14 Dec 2012
Hi Paul, I once asked the Lord what themes overflowed from His heart, and He pointed me to Isaiah 54:5 which refers to Him as our Maker, Husband and Redeemer. It is surely not a coincidence that these are the areas most under attack in our society, and sadly, the ones where God's people are too quick to adopt the worlds opinions and advice - as if God doesn't know much. Your article on relationships reminds us that the world watches and remains unconvinced, because too many of us don't walk the talk or have turned the words of God into foolishness. Your reminder that Christ is the key, is also a reminder that God's ways work best when He is at the center.




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