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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Honoring God in Our Relationships

June 21

(Ephesians 4:25-32 NIV) "Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. {26} "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, {27} and do not give the devil a foothold. {28} He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. {29} Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. {30} And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. {31} Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. {32} Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."

(Romans 13:9-10 NIV)  "The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself." {10} Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."

What many people know about Christianity, they know from watching those who call themselves Christians. What do they see in you? Mature Christians will be honoring God in their relationships. We will honor God in our speech. We won't gossip or lie to our neighbor or about our neighbor. We will honor God in our anger by not impulsively acting on it. We won’t store anger up in order to use it as a weapon at a later date. We will honor God in our work. We won’t steal time or products from our employer. We will honor God in our mercy. Because we've received so much mercy, we will be exceedingly merciful. We will honor God in our physical and fiscal morality. Our sexual behavior will be beyond reproach, as well as the way we handle our money and our finances. Today, tomorrow, and until the end of your time here on Earth, honor God in all your relationships. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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