Recalculating Relationships | Wk 2
1 | One of the most important relationships in your life is your relationship with yourself.
Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!
Proverbs 4.7 MSG
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
James 1.4–5 NIV
To acquire wisdom is to love oneself;
Proverbs 19.8 NLT-SE
2 | God wants to teach and train you to love yourself.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.
Psalms 139.13–14 NIV
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2.10 NIV
3 | Your identity affects how you love yourself, your family, and the world.
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5.16–21 NIV
With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
Romans 8.1–2 MSG
4 | When you understand who you are, it changes your thoughts and your words and your actions.
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
1 Corinthians 1.10 NIV
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4.4–9 NIV
5 | Every day you need to remember:
GOD LOVES YOU !
YOU NEED TO LOVE YOURSELF !
YOU ARE EMPOWERED AND EQUIPPED TO LOVE OTHERS (AND TEACH THEM TO LOVE THEMSELVES)!
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Matthew 28.19–20 NIV
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
John 11.43–44 NIV
Every day develop a habit intentionally reminding yourself that God loves you and you need to love yourself.
God will give you a platform every day to love others and teach them to love themselves.
Study and pay attention to where God is wanting to change your thoughts and your words and your actions so that you can more effectively be His hands and feet.