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Community: Commitment to Relationship

pastor Ben taylor

April 14, 2024


1. Give Up the Desire to be Right

39a They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company

Acts 15:39a


1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. James 4:1-2

2. Don't Wait Act Now

23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24

3. Put Yourself in Their Shoes

42 Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town. 1 Samuel 20:42


4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:4

4. Take Responsibility

34a Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Matthew 23:34a


8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8


5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:5

5. Respond with Gentleness

10a But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Numbers 14: 10a


18a ‘The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Numbers 14:18a


2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2


19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Romans 12:19

5. Strive for Peace Not Perfection

17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19a I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back

Philemon 1:17-19a