The Two:

1.) We Love

2.) We live for God in our relationships

The Second of The Two:

2.) We live for God in our relationships

 Our days seemed to move by without true godly purpose.  We were living life.  We were doing school, chores, routine.  But it felt empty and devoid of grace and power.  It felt like we weren’t really living what we say we believe.  One of the biggest hindrances to faith for some of the children was the rampant sinning going unchecked in all the relationships in our family. It was a hindrance for me.  This is what makes me feel like a hypocrite, a failure, and a luke-warm Christian. It is what really matters at the end of the day.

Have we glorified God in how we are treating each other and living our daily life?

So- I declared that we live for God in our family relationships. We live for His glory. We follow His ways.  Scripture is full of wonderful direction for our relationships.

This is our second overarching precept. As we move through ourday, as we live and learn together- we are mindful of God.  We are attentive to His ways. We live for Him in the midstof our dailyness. And I tell them, this is their training ground. This is the training ground for their future.  If I have to set aside something to deal with our relationships-then I am not “not getting it done” (visualize that gleaming list here)

but I am getting it done. The most important it. What really matters.  The hearts and  the characters, the place where we really live and God is.

Some Scriptures to guide our relationships:

Encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thess. 5:11

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such is useful, for building others up, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29

In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your anger. Ephesians 4:26

Do everything without complaining and arguing Philippians 2:14

Whatever you do, work at it with your whole heart, as working for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:!3

And now for The Five (to be continued)