OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND OTHERS
God wants fellowship, a relationship with His creation; us. That fellowship was broken because of sin which began in the Garden of Eden. God required blood to be shed for sin which meant an animal had to be sacrificed. God sent Jesus to this earth to become the final and perfect sacrifice so that our sin could be forgiven, and fellowship could be restored. When we accept God’s gift of salvation, we are given new life through Jesus Christ. We also no longer belong to ourselves, but to God.
When it is all said and done, the whole Christian life can be summed up by this word, relationships. There are three areas of relationships for Christians: Their relationship with God, their relationship with Christians, and their relationship with lost people.
There is one thing that interferes with ALL relationships; sin.
- Sin interferes with your relationship with God because it places a distance between you and God. Now understand, you cannot lose your salvation, but sin hurts the relationship. Ever felt like God wasn’t listening? How about not wanting to pray or read the Bible? You have allowed sin to hurt your relationship.
- Sin interferes with your relationship with other Christians. Sin is selfish. It is impossible to love others when you are focused on self.
- Sin also interferes with your relationship with lost people. We are to show them through our lives what Christ has done for us and can do for them. Do they see Jesus, or sin, in your life?
Since sin is the problem, what should we do?
There are three ways we can deal with sin and how you deal with sin will affect your relationships.
- Cover Them Up – not good
1 John 1:5-6,8,10
5 This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
10 If we say we have not sinned, we call Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
How do Christians cover up their sins?
By lying. We began by lying to other Christians because we want them to think that we are spiritual and then we begin to lie to ourselves, so we think that we are not the problem. Once you have convinced yourself, then you begin to lie to God.
How do you lie to God? You act like your perfect and when God tries to correct you through the Word, a sermon, Bible study, etc… you act as if what you heard or read was not for you. If you find yourself criticizing instead of being convicted, you are probably trying to cover up your sin.
- Confess Them – a good start
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God is holy and just and must punish sin; but through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice we can be justified or made right with God. Because Jesus was sacrificed for us, He paid the ultimate price for us. He has become our bridge to God the Father, our way to God. This is why we can come into God’s Holy presence, because Jesus paid for our sin.
What does it mean to confess your sins? It literally means to say the same thing about that sin as God does. Admit that it is sin. By admitting sin, you are judging that sin. You are admitting it is wrong.
- Cast Them Off – the victory
Repent. Turn away. Go a different direction. Change the way you are living.
In John 8:11, after a woman was brought to Jesus who was sorry for her sin, Jesus asked her who was accusing her and she said, “no one.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on, sin no more.”
After we have accepted forgiveness, Jesus tells us to sin no more. Don’t keep doing it.
In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
We should live to be the city on the hill for all to see us. Other Christians and lost people, too. They need to see us and wonder why we are the way we are. That gives us a chance to share with the world about Jesus and what He did for us, and for them.
So keep your relationship with God the best you can, and your relationship with others, too.
When you are living your life in this manner you will become a true CHAMPION!