Friday, February 1, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 20 - Restoring Broken Fellowship

Well today marks the half way point in our Purpose Driven journey with another icredibly challenging message. If the second half has as much impact as the first then the next 3 weeks are going to be very exciting.

I hope you girls who made it to the Unique Breakfast had a fantastic time - I'm sure my beautiful wife was excellent!

Hope to see you on Sunday at one of our gatherings,

Simon.

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Relationships are always worth restoring!

“If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you … Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.” Philippians 2:1-2 (Msg)

Because life is all about learning how to love, God wants us to value relationships and make the effort to maintain them instead of discarding them whenever there is a rift, a hurt, or a conflict.

Paul taught that our ability to get along with others is a mark of spiritual maturity. If you want God’s blessing on your life and you want to be known as a child of God, you must learn to be a peacemaker. Here are seven Biblical steps to restoring fellowship:
1. Talk to God before talking to the person.
2. Always take the initiative.
3. Sympathize with their feelings.
4. Confess your part of the conflict.
5. Attack the problem, not the person.
6. Cooperate as much as possible.
7. Emphasize reconciliation, not resolution.

Who do you need to contact as a result of reading this today? With whom do you need to restore fellowship? Don’t delay another second. Pause right now and talk to God about that person. Then pick up the phone and begin the process.

It takes a lot of effort to restore a relationship. That’s why Peter urged, “Work hard at living in peace with others.” 1 Peter 3:11 (NLT)

But when you work for peace, you are doing what God would do. That’s why God calls peacemakers his children.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gods timing is perfect...todays study fits in beautifully with Catrinas message to the women at Unique breakfast...

She spoke about wrong decisions...using her own experience as an example...about how even sometimes the wrong decision can be blessed by God and in hindsight we wish we had taken a different route or asked for more help...

.... for me...it reminded me of how 9 years ago we made the "wrong" decision to change churches...the study talks about how "most conflict is caused by unmet needs"...if we had known how to ask for help and were able to resolve the inner conflicts we had ....we may not have made that particular decision.....BUT...as Catrina says...God blessed us in a different way in the 4 years we were at Ascot....and has outrageously blessed us since returning to Bracknell Family church almost 5 years ago.

it all fits in so well with the launch of Inspire...the mentoring for women.....how much we all need Godly people to help us along and point us in the right way...

isnt is amazing how God is linking all that is happening in church life.....

irene m.

iris j said...

I thought Catrina was ecellent this morning.... talking about wrong decisions... and makes me think of times when I made some of my own.
I shared at Life group this week that years ago I was absolutely fed up at church and one morning I decided to not come back. I really told God how I felt and he told me to read Corinthians 12+13 . I really had the nerve to argue with him because their were 2 books for Corinthians.... but after some time I did read it ....rather reluctantly.
I am really glad I did because it was all about being part of the body.

We were reminded of this in our "40 Days of Purpose" this week .

God has certainly blessed me over the years and I am glad to still be part of the body .

Perhaps I am still here for such
a Time as this!!!!!!!

Iris J

Anonymous said...

I read your blog for first time ever today and it had a very possitive impact

iris j said...

I thought Catrina was ecellent this morning.... talking about wrong decisions... and makes me think of times when I made some of my own.
I shared at Life group this week that years ago I was absolutely fed up at church and one morning I decided to not come back. I really told God how I felt and he told me to read Corinthians 12+13 . I really had the nerve to argue with him because their were 2 books for Corinthians.... but after some time I did read it ....rather reluctantly.
I am really glad I did because it was all about being part of the body.

We were reminded of this in our "40 Days of Purpose" this week .

God has certainly blessed me over the years and I am glad to still be part of the body .

Perhaps I am still here for such
a Time as this!!!!!!!

Iris J