People Grow Best When Nurtured With Love

THE LAW OF LIFE – PEOPLE GROW BEST WHEN NURTURED WITH LOVE

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

INTRODUCTION – The author talks about growing up in indiana where the soil was so rich that all he had to do was stir up the soil and throw in some seeds to have a garden.  he found out as he moved around the country to phoenix, atlanta  and portland that that growing a garden was not that easy.   just as a garden takes careful nurturing to grow and be healthy so does everything else – nothing grows unless it is nurtured.  text: 1Th 5:11 (NIV)  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

 

THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE OF RELATIONSHIPS IS THAT WE GIVE DEFFERENCE TO ONE ANOTHER (ROMANS 15:1-7 NIV)

  1. WE ARE NOT ALL ALIKE – GOD MADE US UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT
    1. B.    WE WHO ARE STRONG OUGHT TO BEAR THE INFIRMITIES OF THE WEAK
    2. C.    WE NEED TO LEARN TO TOLERATE DIFFERENCES IN OTHER PEOPLE AND UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY ARE AT WITH THEIR WALK WITH GOD (ROM 14:1-4 NIV)
    3. D.   WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOD’S COMMANDS AND MATTERS OF CONSCIENCE
    4. E.    IF GOD WANTED US TO ALL BE ALIKE HE WOULD HAVE CLONED US
    5. F.    GOD MADE US DIFFERENT AND WE NEED TO RESPECT THOSE DIFFERENCES
    6. G.   WHAT A BORING WORLD IT WOULD BE IF WE WERE ALL ALIKE – JUST THINK WE WOULD KNOW WHAT OUR CHILDREN WOULD LOOK LIKE BEFORE THEY WERE BORN
    7. H.    DETERMINE NOT TO PUT BE A STUMBLING BLOCK TO YOUR BROTHER/SISTER

WHAT IS THE KEY TO HUSBAND & WIFE RELATIONSHIPS? (EPH 5:22-25,33 NIV)

A.    MARRIAGES DISINTEGARATE WHEN ONE OR BOTH PARTIES FAIL TO NURTURE IT

B.      SOMETIMES THIS OCCURS OUT OF MISSPLACED PRIORITIES: WORK, HOBBIES, FRIENDS

A.     THE HUSBAND IS LOVE HIS WIFE AS CHRIST LOVES THE CHURCH; AS HIS OWN BODY

C.     THE WIFE IS TO RESPECT HER HUSBAND & TO SUBMIT HIS GOD GIVEN AUTHORITY

D.     IF YOU WANT A LOVING MARRIAGE YOU MUST NURTURE IT

WHAT IS THE KEY TO PARENT / CHILD RELATIONSHIPS? (EPH 6:1-4)

  • PARENTS ARE TO REAR THEIR CHILDREN IN THE FEAR AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD
  • CHILDREN ARE TO RESPECT & OBEY THEIR PARENTS
  • PARENTS SHOULD NOT EXPASPERATE THEIR CHILDREN
  • BIG PROBLEM TODAY IS ABSENTEE FATHERS: PHYSICALLY OR EMOTIONALLY ABSENT
  • INADEQUATE OR UNDEMONSTRATED LOVE BETWEEN PARENTS IS CONTRIBUTES TO CHILDREN’S EMOTIONAL INSECURITY – THE GREATEST PARENTS CAN GIVE THEIR CHILDREN IS A HOME WHERE LOVE BETWEEN HUSBAND & WIFE IS SECURE & OBVIOUS
  • CHILDREN WILL DISENAGE WITH THEIR PARENTS IF THEY ARE NOT LOVED AND NURTURED AND SEEK TO FIND THESE NEEDS MET AMONG THEIR PEERS

WHAT IS KEY TO SUCCESSFUL EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIPS? (EPH 6:5-9)

  1. THE EMPLOYER SHOULD COMPENSATE HIS EMPLOYEE FAIRLY AND TREAT THEM WITH PROPER RESPECT; WORKERS WANT TO KNOW THEY ARE VALUED & APPRECIATED
  2. THE EMPLOYEE SHOULD WORK FOR HIS EMPLOYER AS IF HE / SHE WERE WORKING FOR CHRIST HIMSELF (EPH 6:5-9)
  3. THE GOLDEN RULE “DO ONTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE OTHERS DO ONTO YOU IS GOOD BUSINESS FOR BOTH EMPOYERS AND EMPLOYEES

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