Sermon Sunday // How to BE in Real Relationships

How to be? // How to BE in Real Relationships

[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]

When I am completely known then I will be completely accepted.

Friends are the ones that will tell you when your zipper is down or there is spinach in your teeth. A true friend will tell you the truth in love.

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” (Genesis 2:18 NLT)

There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible and in chapter TWO God tells us that it is NOT good for us to be alone. God makes it clear upfront that we need others and that we aren't good on our own.

Many things are much more tempting when we are alone. When no one knows us, or knows our schedules, or knows our normal feelings and emotions, or knows our true selves..then we are on dangerous ground where we can make decisions that we think only affect us. So..

What makes us feel alone?

  • Distance
  • Circumstances
  • Sin
  • Mask

Mask = perception management

When I am completely known then I will be completely accepted.


  • Real relationships provide support.

As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle. (Exodus 17:11-13 NLT)

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT)

 

  • Real relationships provide encouragement.

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. (Ephesians 4:29 NLT)

The word encouragement is translated from the word meaning to grow each other.

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25 NLT)

The writer of Hebrews is saying we NEED each other.

 

  • Real relationships provide healing.

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (James 5:16 NLT)

When I am completely known then I will be completely accepted.


Action Steps:

  1. Ask God to put godly people in your life.
  2. Seek out godly people.
  3. Strive to live in real relationships.
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