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2023 10 10

Good morning.


Relationships can be one of the most vital and rewarding areas of our lives. Yet we often find ourselves at odds with each other due to our differences. But we don’t need to agree on every issue to enjoy meaningful connections with one another.


Too often we defend our views rather than listen and try to understand another’s way of thinking.


If we allow anger or resentment to creep in, we’re in danger of destroying a relationship for the sake of winning an argument. When we act like this, we’re letting our flesh control us instead of walking in the Spirit. And the relationship suffers.


As we look at the way we respond to others, what’s more apparent; the fruit of the Spirit or the deeds of the flesh? The contrast between the two is seen in Galatians 5:19-23. The deeds of the flesh include hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, and factions. Whereas “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, [and] self-control.”


Much has been written and said about how to have good relationships, but until we deal with the issues in our own hearts, root problems will remain.


Let's come before the Lord and ask Him to help us deal with and sort our hearts.


Blessings.

Mike and Daphne

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