Devotional: Real Relationships
Today, as we discuss Real Relationships, we’re able to learn from Paul’s instructions to the church in Thessalonica. 1 Thessalonians 3:13-4:10 was, in a sense, a Relationship Guide to a vibrant, but young church. Today, that guide is as important as ever. Our culture is full of fake fulfillment that leads us to believe we have authentic relationships when, in reality, they lack true fulfillment, joy, and peace. In a culture that has become increasingly socially incapable, God has called us to to live in relationships that edify, encourage, and lead each other closer to Christ.
Questions for Meditation
- Reflect on the relationships and the role that technology might play in your life. Has technology helped or hurt the fostering of the relationships God has placed in your life? How so?
- How do the relationships in your life strengthen you? Are there any that weaken, or soil your walk with Christ? Are there any relationships that God is calling you to let go of?
- How is a sacred relationship different than a secular relationship? What does the world prioritize, and what does God prioritize? Why is this important?
- What is the difference between our relationships fostering a safe environment for us, as opposed to a cynical one? What are some of the paradigms that lead us to be cynical in our relationships, and what does God’s Word say about that?
- Why does God desire us to be supportive and not separate? Why is this important for us and for the relationships represented in our lives? Think about those relationships – how can you be more supportive?