CULTIVATING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP (2)

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING-  CULTIVATING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP (PART 2)

People To Watch Out For In A Relationship  (2 Thes 3:13-15)

1. Rebellious People
– In our text, Paul warns the Thessalonians to watch out for people who refuse to obey and abide by the instructions he gave them, and not to keep company with them.
– These ones question the word of God, they mock, and they kick against it.
– They rebel against given authority; the church, government, place of work, and are foolishly bold.
– Any man that rebels against the word of God is open to any kind of sin, because he doesn’t care about God.
– If you continue with them, you will become rebellious like them.

2. Gossips-Mongers

– Avoid any kind of relationship with people who take joy in destroying other people’s image.
– The only comment they make about people is focused on their faults and errors, never positive things.
– Note that they will also talk ill of you immediately you turn your back, it’s their nature.
– Jesus says to them to first remove the plank in their own eyes as to see clearly to remove other people’s speck.

HOW TO TREAT THESE KIND OF PEOPLE

1. Take Note Of Them
– The Bible says in verse 14 of our text that we should mark them, take note of them, identify them.
-We are warned to be careful of them because they are everywhere, even in the church.
– Let them not take you by surprise and you are taken unawares.

2. Shame Them By Staying Away From Them
– Such people and character need supporters to thrive, and please don’t be the one that will encourage such behaviour.
– Staying around them in a relationship will pollute you and the entire church.
– By isolating them, they will be put to shame, and probably move towards changing.

3. Don’t Make Them Your Enemy
– Everyone must not be your friend, but in the same way, they must not be your enemy.
– Take note of them, avoid them, but don’t keep grudges with them.
– Remember that you are a christian and a christian is not contentious, so avoid quarreling or raising your voice against such people.
– The only way to shame them is by isolating them.

CONCLUSION
To build a healthy relationship, you don’t need rebellious people. Neither do you need gossip-mongers according to our text. Any relationship that does not add value to your life, you should rather “..come out from among them and be separate (2 Cor 6:17)”.

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