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5 ingredients to relational overload and fragmentation

 

  • I try to control the behaviors and moods of others.

  • I live an unhealthy and unrealistic pace of life.

  • I constantly compare and compete in everything.

  • I try to stand out instead of learning to stand with.

  • I feel free to speak my mind at all times.

 

1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. Ephesians 4:1-7 NASB

 

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:11-15 NLT

 

  • My calling as a Christian- To represent Jesus to everyone, in word and in action.

 

5 Steps to Living in my calling

 

  1. I give up my need to control others.

 

“I implore you to walk.. 2 with all humility and gentleness…showing tolerance for one another in love.”

2. I consciously choose a slower pace.

 

"I implore you to walk… with patience.”

 

3. I choose unity over competition and credit.

 

3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:3 NASB

 

4-6 You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness. Ephesians 4:4-6 MSG

 

4. I find my place in serving others.

 

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13 NLT

 

5. I lovingly speak to build up, not tear down.

 

14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:14-15 NLT

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