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“Pursuing Godly Relationships” Our Relationship with Family …whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother. Review of Relationships • “Blessed are those who love you, O God, and love their friends in you and their enemies for your sake. They alone will never lose those who are dear to them for they love them in one who is never lost, in God, our God” (St. Augustine). • “Relationships that are not supernatural, are superficial.” • Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Pursuing Godly Relationships with our… PEERS / FRIENDS Do we know who are real friends are? • Money • Similar interests • Personal Gain • Convenience • Church • Shared values The idea of an earthly fellowship founded upon just common interests, or human nature, or physical ties like in a family, or purely physical church affiliation, or merely self-centered interests that sport enthusiasts might share together was completely foreign to the Apostles. St. Augustine on friendship • “We were both the same age, both together in the heyday of youth, and both absorbed in the same interests. We had grown up together… gone to school together, and played together. Yet ours was not the friendship that should be between true friends…For though they cling together, no friends are true friends unless you, my God, bind them fast to one another through that love which is sown in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” (The Confessions). Biblical Perspectives • Eccl. 4:8-12 – Two is better than one, we’re meant to be in relationship • John 15:12-17 – Jesus described friendship in terms of sacrifice and service • Proverbs 27:17; 18:24; 17:17 – Friendship is family in the Body of Christ • Galations 3:26-29 – Friendship is not based on whether we like someone • Acts 2:42 – Fellowship, was one of the four things they committed themselves to – Sharing with everyone as there was need • Galatians 5:13-15 – Commandment is to love one another, not use one another to get ahead • 1Thes. 4:9-10; 5:11 – No matter how good your relationships are, do so “more and more” • Hebrews 10:24 – Friends are meant to be a spur Eric Clapton Nobody knows you when you’re down and out” Once I lived the life of a millionaire, When you finally get Spent all my money, I just did not care. Took all my friends out for a good time, back upon your feet Bought bootleg whisky, champagne and wine. again, Then I began to fall so low, Everybody wants to be Lost all my good friends, I did not have nowhere to your good old long-lost go. I get my hands on a dollar again, friend. I'm gonna hang on to it till that eagle grins. Said it's mighty strange, 'Cause no, no, nobody knows you When you're down and out. Nobody knows you, In your pocket, not one penny, Nobody knows you, And as for friends, you don't have any. Nobody knows you When you finally get back up on your feet again, when you're down and Everybody wants to be your old long-lost friend. out. Said it's mighty strange, without a doubt, Nobody knows you when you're down and out. “Look to the right and see; For there is no one who regards me; There is no escape for me; No one cares for my soul” (Ps. 142:4). LEAN ON ME (Bill Withers) • Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow. But if we are wise, we know that there's always tomorrow. Lean on me, when you're not strong and I'll be your friend. I'll help you carry on, for it won't be long 'til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on. • Please swallow your pride, if have things you need to borrow. For no one can fill those needs that you won't let show. • You just call on me brother when you need a hand. We all need somebody to lean on. I just might have a problem that you'll understand. We all need somebody to lean on. • Lean on me when you't not strong, and I'll be your friend. I'll help you carry on, for it won't be long 'til I'm gonna' need somebody to lean on. • You just call on me brother if you need a friend. We all need somebody to lean on. I just might have a problem that you'll understand. We all need somebody to lean on. • If there is a load you have to bear that you can't carry. I'm right up the road, I'll share your load if you just call me. • Call me ( if you need a friend) Call me (REPEAT AND FADE) Michael W Smith “Friends are friends forever, if the Lord is the Lord of them, And a friend will not say never, cause the welcome will not end Though it's hard to let you go In the Father's hands I know That a lifetime's not too long... to live as friends."
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