Godly inter personal relationships? Are they possible?
I am thinking especially of multi-cultural or cross-cultural relationships among believers.
I know the answer is very complex; at least we tend to make it complex. However God has provided some very simple principles. Relationships reveal the degree of our confidence in God and His reveal Word. Think on this.
“Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,….” Rom 15:5
My example for patience is God. Especially as seen in Jesus Christ on earth. I need patience when someone with different preferences come into my space or when I think they have offended me. God had and has patience with me. To be consistent in my claim that He is my Lord I should be looking to Him as the example in these daily opportunities to trust at this sin nature level.
My responsibility to others is to give comfort to others, especially to other believers. At least that too is the model as seen in Christ. To be truly like Christ in this is more difficult than patience. It refers to comfort and consolation or understanding and support. But it also includes the intentional help for another person, with encouragement to also trust the God of patience and comfort. A simple motto that explains this to me. It is “Helping Others Succeed”. Like I said this is not always easy but God’s Word stands ready to help and guide me so I have to accept this as possible.
Several times in my life I depended of the principle, “God’s call is God’s enablement”. Those were times of moving to a new and challenging ministry. But here is a daily call that is challenging and I have to claim His promises to become as much like my Savior as possible.
He has shown the way and promised the help. Will we walk among people as he walked? [Eldon]