Day 10 - Relational Health
WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR PEOPLE’S HEALTH?
Matthew 22:36-40: “You must love the Lord your God…and…you must love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
1 John 1:9-10: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins… If we claim ‘We have never sinned,’ we make him a liar and his word is not in us.”
Ephesians 4:1-3: “Live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love…”
While jogging one day, Bob saw a man laying in the shade. He was shoeless and dirty. Bob asked if he was ok. Startled, the man sat up and said “Yes. Yes…I’m sorry, do you need me to move?”
“No” Bob replied. “I just saw you and wanted to make sure you weren’t sick or hurt or something.” The man said, “All day people have gone by, but you are the only one who has asked me if I’m okay.”
Jesus’ teachings were heavy with how we should relate with one another. Love is a relational construct. It’s a “transitive” verb, meaning that it describes a movement from one person, place or thing to another. Love is experienced as healthy relationship. Sin is experienced as broken relationship.
This is why Jesus calls us to confess with one another. Confession is the pathway to healthy relating—with God, with others and even with ourselves. We confess our sins to God, not so much for some form of legal absolution, but in order to make the relationship right.
If we do not love one another we are no different from the world. Our relationships matter deeply, and we must strive to love our neighbor, maintaining the unity the Spirit has provided to us. How we live with each other is how we “live a life worthy of the calling we have received.”
What needs to be confessed and forgiven in your own relationships– with God, others, yourself? How might The Church or your congregation confess how we have failed our community?
How is my relationship with God? Family members? Neighbor?
How can we relate better with one another in the Body of Christ?
Mike Johnson Des Moines, WA.
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