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By Ken Knott on 2/9/20 in our series “Relationship Status“.

It’s a part of our nature to look out for ourselves first and to make our comfort and enjoyment number one. While we might aspire to be known for helping others and putting others before our needs, many times we find ourselves helping in ways that ultimately benefit us. We wake up in the morning planning out how we want our day to go, and often react negatively when something or someone gets in the way of that. So of course this aspect of our nature often causes problems with those around us. When two people with their own interests in mind are in proximity to each other, there are bound to be problems. In today’s message, we look at what the Bible has to say about how we should serve others and why we should serve others. By realigning our priorities to God’s, we can make strides to suppress our selfish tendencies and make a difference not only in our relationships, but in our world.

Message Notes

If Facebook were to describe your relationship with God or with Grace Church what would it say?

 

  • Single?
  • Separated?
  • Complicated?
  • In a relationship?
  • Married?

 

As Christ followers, we are called to love each other as if we were family.

 

1 Corinthians 1:10

 

How close do you feel with other people in this church? The truth about relationships is you get out of them what you put into them!

 

God created you for this family, which means you matter to us. So how can we get closer?

 

Philippians 2:2

 

2 Key Relational Tips to treat others like family.

  1. Choose to be SELFLESS in your relationships

 

Philippians 2:3-4

 

James 4:1-3

 

If you’re going into any relationship thinking of what you are going to get our of it, you are selling that relationship short.

 

To be more like Christ, I must think like Christ and desire what Christ desired.

 

Jesus did what He didn’t have to do in order to help those who couldn’t help themselves.

 

1 John 4:7-11

 

The closer you get to Jesus, the less entitled you feel.

 

2. I willingly give up my rights in exchange for your gain.

 

Philippians 2:5-8

 

To give up my rights in my relationships and love others selflessly means I might not get my way…I don’t like that.

 

You have the power to change your relationship status with just one decision. You can decide to stop holding onto the old operating system and decide to make a change.