Each year, we witness the miracle of life change in our Super Summer Baptism Celebration at Woodlands Church! It’s my favorite event of the year! What a thrill to see God at work, healing hurts and restoring lives! Each one is a grace story! Last year, Janet took that step following a painful experience in her life that could have left her shattered and bitter.
When Jesus approached John the Baptist to be baptized, John protested as you or I probably would have as well. Matthew records the account in Matthew 3:13-14:
Nehemiah’s example shows us how to use anger as our ally. When he discovered the abuse of his people, he said, “I got really angry!” What do you do when you get really mad? How do you respond? Is anger your ally or your nemesis?
For most of us, anger is a real problem. Our world is filled with hostility and rage, and it seems to be boiling over everywhere you look. Road rage, school shootings, fights in stadiums over seats and parking spots, anger is the number one destroyer that rips relationships apart! But, anger can be used as an ally to take relationships to a deeper level!
How do you know how much something is worth? Its value is determined by what someone else is willing to pay for it. How much are you worth? The cross of Jesus Christ says you are worth dying for!
Forgiveness is essential for any relationship. Why? We are all imperfect people. Only perfect people wouldn’t need forgiveness. Not only do I need forgiveness, I need to forgive. I love the way the Living Bible puts Romans 3: 23-24 when it says of Jesus, who in His kindness freely takes away our sins.
Understanding is the first step toward building relationships. God understands my weaknesses and loves me just as I am, but He loves me too much to leave me that way! Because God understands my weaknesses, He is being kind when He speaks the truth in love to correct me.
To be a people builder, I must learn how to be a relationship builder. God created us for relationships, but sin has corrupted our connections with others, leaving our most important relationships often broken and shattered. If God created us for relationships, He is the best model for building those relationships.
God’s faith-building process will take you to new heights in knowing God and serving Him. His goal is to take you from faith building to people building and use you to be a blessing to others.
Have you ever been forgotten? Maybe you feel that way now. In Psalms 142:4 (NLT), the Psalmist expressed how painful it can feel when you’re overlooked and forgotten.