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April 6, 2020

Relations

This is part 6 of the Redeeming The Time series. Click here to access part 1 and Click Here to access part 2. Click Here to access part 3. Click Here to access part 4. Click Here to access part 5. Click Here to access part 6. Click Here to access part 7. Click Here To access part 8. Click Here to access part 9. Click Here to access part 10. Click Here to access part 11. Click Here to view the Facebook Live video of this thought.


Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

Relationships have correctly been identified as the single element that adds the greatest value to our life. Here’s something to consider: while everything else in your life and everything around you was created by God, friendship has always existed. It’s a part of the very nature of God, and, when God created us, He made that a major part of our nature as well. 

Genesis 1:26 says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…

Relationships aren’t just an additional aspect of life that we are simply given the opportunity to enjoy; but rather, God designed them to be a necessity in our life.

Genesis 2:18 says, “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”

When asked to identify what is the most important thing in life, Jesus’ response was based entirely on our relationships – first our relationship with God and then our relationship with others.

Matthew 22:37-40 says, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Today, we’re continuing our focus on verse 17 where the Bible says, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” As we consider the surrounding passage, we find that these truths are placed within the context of our relationships: our relationship with God, with our spouse, with our children, with our neighbors and with our employers.

Throughout the Scriptures, we find that God cares much more about our relationships than He does our accomplishments because, in many ways, our relationships determine who we become, where we go, and what we do.

Proverbs 13:20 says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

Simply put, life is about relationships, but the quality of our relationships with others will be determined by the quality of our relationship with God. One of the best and wisest investments that we can make in our lives is first to be the right kind of friend and then to make the choice to surround ourselves with godly friends. When we enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ, the will of God for our life includes boundaries, and one of those boundaries is in the area of the company that we keep and the friends that we choose. That boundary must be built on the truths of the Word of God, not on someone’s personality or on the “perks” that come along with being their friend.

3 John 1:1-4 says, “The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

Throughout the Bible, you’ll find strong and consistent warnings about our friends for the very reason that it is in the area of relationships where spiritual compromise usually begins.

Proverbs 12:26 says, “The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.”

Proverbs 13:20 says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

James 4:4 says, “… know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

As a Christian, when we enter into a friendship or a relationship, our reputation isn’t just on the line, but, because we have been called to be His ambassador, God’s representation is as well.

In conclusion, I want to leave you with the words of Wayne Mack who wrote, “The plain, unvarnished truth is that every one of us needs the accountability that comes from formal, regular, intimate relationships with other godly people.”

Let me encourage you today to first make sure that you are the right kind of friend. Let God’s Word determine completely who you are and what you do. Recognize the importance and the value of godly friends and then be careful when you choose who to place yourself under, who you look up to, and who you spend your time with. Develop a system of strong friendships that can provide you with the strength and the support that you are going to need as you make your way through this life.

Until next time, good day and God bless.