building your house (october focus)
Do you ever have a desire to reinvent your life? Perhaps you want to change careers or location. Some people reinvent their lives through exercise, food choices and a change in fashion.
God expertly makes the way for a new life. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through Me” (John 14:6). When the Father in heaven remakes a person, “he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17)!
If you said, “yes” to God’s grace given in Jesus Christ, you are cleansed from all sin, brought near to Holy God, and on a great adventure of knowing Him and knowing how your life fits into His divine plan.
Jesus spoke thoroughly on the outcome of a life connected to Him. The principle is that He is the Vine, and we are the branches. Through our connection to Him, we produce much fruit- “fruit that will last” (John 15:16).
The Bible explains in detail the outcome of a transformed life. Jesus gives many directives on how we are to conduct ourselves in the lifestyle of grace. In other words, through our connection to the Vine, we will see these things happening within us as a result of His holy power at work to change us! That’s exciting!
Our September study of Jesus’ teaching on letting your light shine can be viewed here. The October focus is the mending of relationships. Each month we’ll look at a new directive until we have studied them all. The goal is to firmly grasp everything that Jesus’ “therefore” encompasses. We want to know all the intricacies because the promised result is a house built upon a rock. The winds blew and the waves buffeted the house, but it did not fall!
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24).
October Focus: MEND RELATIONSHIPS
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison (Matthew 5:23-25).
Meditate on this: You will never mend a broken relationship as long as you evaluate the other person’s worthiness to be forgiven.
- Whether you are mending a relationship with another believer or with someone in the marketplace, a key ingredient is required. Read Matthew 11: 28-30 and identify it.
- According to Luke 11:4, how should we pray if we desire to mend relationships?
- According to Psalm 133:1, what is the result “when brothers live together in unity?”
- What is the result of disunity? Which course of action and subsequent result do you choose?
Building through mending,