Rights and Responsibilities
Copyright by Freedom in Christ, used with permission.
This session often helps people to connect things that haven’t properly fallen into place in their thinking before. It helps remind us about what is really important – what matters and what does not.
Consider standing before Jesus at the end of your earthly life – where will He put the emphasis? Will He say, “Did those guys over there give you everything they should have?” Or will He focus on how well you have loved those he put in your care?
We easily slip into focusing on our own needs and pointing out flaws in other people’s character. But we are responsible for neither – in fact it’s the other way around, we are responsible for our own character, and meeting other people’s needs.
If we can learn to serve and love other people without expecting anything in return, it’s liberating. Instead of being constantly disappointed by others, we will be truly and pleasantly surprised when people serve and love us. Learning not to focus constantly on the failings of others and choosing to think well of them is so much easier in the long run than always feeling you’ve been let down and badly treated.
If this is an area you struggle with, maybe you need to write a stronghold-buster. Here are some great truths that may help, but do find your own and make it personal:
Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Romans 14:4
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus… Philippians 2:3-5