Our Greatest Struggle Relationship
“Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion!” Amen. (1 Timothy 6:12-16)
Men, if there is anything that is under fierce attack today it is relationships. Relationships with our family, friends, business associates, and the list goes on. Families is one of the largest issues we deal with today and the enemy, unfortunately, is gaining ground. Divorce is on the rise; In America, there is one divorce approximately every 36 seconds. That’s nearly 2,400 divorces per day, 16,800 divorces per week and 876,000 divorces a year. (McKinley Irvin Law).
Living together without being married has become the norm rather than the rarity. Children become the innocent victims of these broken relationships. Poor examples lead to a life of wounded-ness, and generational sin takes birth as future generations follow the same path. Today we have a society that says it’s okay for a man to marry a man, and a woman to marry a woman. Following these examples will only lead to brokenness, and destruction of any healthy relationship that could have been.
Is there a way out of all of this madness? Can these relationships be restored to the way God intended them to be? 1 Timothy tells us to, “Fight the good fight of faith;” When the word of God tells us to fight the good fight, its pretty obvious we are to prepare for battle. Jesus never said it would be easy to walk the walk, as a matter of fact He said to pick up our cross, and follow Him, (Matthew 16:24). Jesus also said the world hated Him, and would hate us, believers, as well. Good relationships are not easy to attain, or maintain without applying Gods word in our lives. Jesus tells us to, “take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” We are not of this world; “our citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20), so why do we hang on to the ways of the world that are destructive to us and all those we care about? Take hold to the way of life God has called us to. Be obedient, follow His instruction. He promises, to those that are obedient reward, blessings, the ability to; “get through all things through Him who strengthens us.” (Phil 4:13).
Relationships are precious to our Lord, a way of life, His way! Allow God to explain how He intends us to treat each other;
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:3-7)
Jesus is simply asking us to do what He has already done for each one of us who believe. Don’t give into the world. Build solid relationships with love, loyalty, commitment, and sacrifice. Jesus did all that, and so much more for us. The cool thing is that under His instruction, if applied, we receive the benefits. Our greatest struggle can be easily defeated by simply applying this verse to our lives,
“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” (James 1:22)
Seek the Adventure, Strength, and Honor, Papa Joe!