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Rough Relationships

Article Summary   by:TGreenslade     Original Author: TGreenslade
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The first car with an automatic clutch was produced in 1904! While most automobile manufacturers were just trying to keep their cars running, the brothers T.L. and T.J. Sturtevant of Boston put their inventive minds together and built a car with a revolutionary automatic clutch.  The sticker price was $5,000.  The 30 pg sales brochures glowingly promised, "Please remember that in driving 1,000 miles in a Sturtevant car, it is not probable that you will once have to do more than press the button and steer." 
     Today you take it for granted; it just happens.  Most drivers can’t use the standard shift. They have never learned, so that if they try, at first they stall the car and their driving is rough.
     There is something that makes your daily living rough. Your relationships are rough. This is something that comes naturally to you.  
 
     Paul wrote to the Ephesian church, “Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 6:23).

1.  I don’t have to convince you that faith is imperative. But, we don’t seem to be as convinced that love is imperative. In John 13:35 Jesus tells His disciples, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love is imperative. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:7-8) Definitely, yes it is imperative. 
     When God makes this natural for you, your life drives much more smoothly. “Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.” (1 John 2:10). The problem is that it is not natural to the “natural” man or woman to have the kind of love He is talking about. 

2.  What kind of love is that? Jesus taught His disciples: “I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the (sinners) do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect (love), just as your Father in heaven is perfect (loves). 
     The Lord Jesus makes this natural to you by changing you. “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). 

3.Are your relationships rough and stalling? You need Him to change you so that you begin to automatically love those who are hard to love. Confess this to Him right where you are and ask Him to change you. John writes that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Begin to learn about Him. Jesus said, “…learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Published: March 18, 2008   
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