Unspeakable Joy Devotional

16-October

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Relationships. Do you have problems with relationships in your life? Until your vertical relationship is right, the horizontal relationships will never be what they should be. Ephesians 5:21 “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

Our relationships change and become more complicated as we grow. We start out as children with parents and probably siblings and cousins. Then, as time goes on, friends, neighbors, coworkers, spouses, in-laws, and more come into the picture.

As relationships change, we need time to adjust to new roles. It is not always easy to look up to a new boss who used to be your peer, nor for a newlywed to appreciate the close bond that his or her spouse may have with family.

Paul says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” Philippians 2:5. Christ gave up his glory in heaven and humbled himself to become a human being like us. As a result, we have a Savior who “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” Hebrews 4:15; therefore Christ can empathize with our weaknesses. Since he understands how we feel in different relationships, we can approach the Lord, “boldly” to “obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” Hebrews 4:16.

Your relationship with God will set the tone of every other relationship in your life. Fix your eyes on Him, and watch how it changes things.

Father, help us to follow Christ’s example in building healthy relationships. Lord, be our mediator and give us extra patience when relationships get tense. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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