Relationships can be complicated. Family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, etc. Navigating each can be treacherous without using the heart of God as your compass. Seeking Him for how to act, react, and interact is the only way to ensure that you do all that you can in every encounter. This may sound like a military tactic used when fighting insurgents, and it is. We wrestle no against flesh and blood, but principalities and powers in high places (Eph. 6:12). We fight against the spirits that are influencing us and those we are involved with at that moment. It is a war. Moment-by-moment decisions determine outcomes that can help or permanently hurt people, and ourselves. There are no vacations from our relationship with Christ. No time that we are without test or temptation. No place where room and concierge service caters to our every “responsibility-less” need, want, and desire. This doesn’t mean we don’t get to rest and refresh. We do so through our worship and time spent with God. Spiritual warfare requires spiritual rest. That’s only accomplished by resting our faith in God, trusting in His plan completely, and surrendering our will to His. “Timing is everything.” God’s timing that is. He has the time laid out for everything we need. Seek, trust, and believe Him, and everything else will work together just fine (Rom. 8:28).
Lord, I thank you for helping me manage every relationship in my life. The close ones. The distant ones. But, especially the difficult ones that hurt the most. I seek you in all. In Jesus name, amen.
Romans 12:9-10, ESV
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.