Messy Relationships – the Call of Every Believer

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I am so glad that I have been loved when I have been so messy. This is God’s brand of love in us – “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5.6-8)

“We are well aware that we are smack-dab in the middle of God’s process of sanctification. And because this is true, we will struggle again. Selfishness, pride, an unforgiving spirit, irritation, and impatience will certainly return. But we are neither afraid nor hopeless. We have experienced what God can do in the middle of the mess. This side of heaven, relationships and ministry are always shaped in the forge of struggle. None of us get to relate to perfect people or avoid the effects of the fall on the work we attempt to do. Yet, amid the mess, we find the highest joys of relationship and ministry.”

Lane, Timothy S.; Paul David Tripp (2006-11-01). Relationships: A Mess Worth Making (p. 2). New Growth Press.

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2 thoughts on “Messy Relationships – the Call of Every Believer

  1. Sagar

    God? Hum, ok if god is everything then there is no dying there is no sin, there is only God. And he/she does not exist other then in the mind of the believer or seeker. When we return to the source of everything you through meditation, or some other event can you, again re-connect to the source from which you came, without leaving your body. This lead to an awakend individual who is free.

    • I don’t believe God is everything. He did not even create everything – evil. He does create all that is good and allows us freedom to make our own choices even if they lead to our harm. This grieves him but the alternative is far from freedom. The history of man (including my own) is filled with failed attempts to look inward only to find a vacuum. Looking to the One who alone can satisfy is all that makes sense. Yes, it is all faith. I have simply never found in my own efforts anything within that is solid, save the indwelling of God in my spirit. Keep looking, Sagar

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