This week we talked about relationships. The core of all relationships comes down to the heart. Above all that I have learned at Link Year, I’ve learned that, as followers of Christ, we are to love and to love like Christ loves us. When we are in relation with another person whether it be marriage, dating, a friendship, or acquaintance, it’s important to realize that we are to show Christ to them and glorify God in the relationship.
Philippians 2:5 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”
God gave us the power of free will and we can choose how we want to act. You can approach life expecting to be served, or you can look for opportunities to serve others. Something that convicted me the most was that we should go into our relationships looking to pour life into them without any expectation of any love coming back because that is how Christ loves us. I realize how many times I have rejected Christ’s love and how He never turns His back on me. As many times as I have felt hurt in a relationship, I have to remember to continue to show love because if Christ stopped showing me love even when I’m very unloveable, I would not have eternal rest in Him. How else are other’s to see the living love of Christ than through His followers?
It comes down to the heart when you are having a hard time showing love. Thats when you ask yourself, where are you filling yourself up? What is giving you life?
If you are putting your dependence on another person or thing, you will never be satisfied and that can cause you to have a hard time showing love. The only love that is real, that counts, and is everlasting, is the love of the Father. That is what should be giving you life. The most important relationship in your life is the one with your Creator God because he is the one who knows your heart the best and can fill you up and lead you to a life of joy and peace with your relationships. Stop blaming people for the conflict in a relationship and look to your own heart and where you are at with God.
Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Your actions reveal where your heart is at.