January 2018

Just Relationships

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Scripture

Proverbs 28:5 (NIV)

Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.

Consider

This deceptively simple proverb unveils three truths about relationships.

1. Justice ("what is right") is a relationship issue. When we are unjust, our selfish choices cause harm and suffering in others.

2. We choose whether to approach our relationships as people with selfish intent ("evildoers") or surrendered to God's purpose ("those who seek the LORD").

3. Those who seek God understand fully what evildoers cannot understand.

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Living in Light

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Scripture

John 1:1-5 (NLT)

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Consider

Word. Life. Light. Like a good novelist, John opens his Gospel with images of his main character. Jesus is the Word, the very essence of almighty God made flesh to walk the earth as one of us.

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Resolutions That Stick

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Scripture

Ephesians 4:22-24 (NLT)

Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

Consider

"Headaches are like resolutions. You forget them as soon as they stop hurting."

This quote from the movie Psycho (1960) gives us a clue as to why our New Year's resolutions tend to give out before the winter snow melts.

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