January 13, 2019
Having a Rich Relationship with others
You cannot have a rich relationship with God without having a rich relationship with others
Love the Lord and love your neighbor as yourself
Love each other the way Christ loves us
Be humble, gentle, patient, compassionate and forgiving when interacting with people
Consider others before yourself
3 Places We Need Rich Relationships
At home: How is your relationship with your spouse, with your children, your parents?
In your community: God designed us to share Him with the world, we can start in by supporting our community
In your church: We need each other, to lift each other up, to come beside, and to love
Why is it hard?
People are unlovable
Our own fear of rejection and hurt
We don't understand God's plan
What does it mean to have a Personal Relationship with God
You have admitted you are a sinner and have asked Jesus to save you
You have the assurance of heaven
The difference between a personal relationship and a rich relationship with God
The person with the rich relationship with God is saved from their sin and know they will go to heaven, but they also exudes the fruits of the spirit because...
They have to have a real prayer life
They read their Bible
They go to church and are involved
Jesus took up the question and said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion.34 He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.’
36 “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
37 “The one who showed mercy to him,” he said.
Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.”
He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
“This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you.
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, 5 is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. 6 Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.