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The Joy of Relationships

Psalm 1

Verses 1-2 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.

For the last few days we have been talking about the joy that comes from obeying the Lord. We know that in theory but how quick are we to put that into practice? And do we truly delight in obeying the Lord in all things? It isn’t always easy to see where we may be putting ourselves in danger of walking out of obedience.

In our day to day living we often find that we are struggling with moments of stress. If we were honest, how many of those instances are due to how we are interacting with those around us? Sometimes we are around people by obligation, for instance those that we work with, and there are those we are around by choice. Since we know that joy comes from obedience we need to be aware how obedient we are in our thoughts and actions during those times of stress.

Of course stress isn’t always about our level of obedience and so that needs to be taken into account when we are evaluating ourselves during those moments. Especially in an environment that includes non-Christians, we need to be careful that we are serving God and seeking to obey Him no matter if those around us are. In fact it may be this very situation that the other person(s) may see Christ revealed in you as you live in obedience and so are finding a level of joy even in the midst of the stress. This situation may also be ours if we have family that are not believers. That can make it extra tough and is one of the reasons we need to make our relationships of choice those that do love the Lord.

So let’s look at the relationships that are ours by choice. These should be the relationships that bring us the greatest joy beside our relationship with Christ. This is why we enjoy the fellowship of others we do Bible study with or those in our church family. These are relationships that help us grow in our understanding of God’s law and help us obey it through loving correction. There is great joy in these relationships and we should make sure we are being this kind of friend to others in our Christian circles. How joyous it is to live alongside those who love the Lord and His laws!

Making It Personal

What is a friendship/relationship that you know causes loads of stress? What is the root issue in that relationship that causes the stress? Is that someone that you need to live the joy of Christ in front of?

Making It Personal Kids

Is it easier to obey Jesus with friends who are also obeying Him? Should knowing that make you want more Christian friends? Who is a friend that you know needs to learn to love Jesus?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for blessing us with people to fellowship with as well as those who need the light of You in their lives. Help us to see the truth of our relationships and give us a desire to obey You no matter if those around us are or not. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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