God-Centered Relationships

Last month I had the privilege of performing a wedding ceremony. The bride was beautiful, the church was beautiful, and everyone seemed to enjoy the day celebrating the love between a man and a woman. There was a great party that included some delicious BBQ and slushies.

Leading up to this day, I had met with this couple numerous times over a period of months for pre-marriage counseling. These meetings were a great opportunity for me to share with the couple the importance of having God at the center of their marriage. As I performed the marriage ceremony, I found myself repeatedly saying, “Gods needs to be at the center.”

What a great reminder this was to me of how important it is that God is at the center of my marriage as well.  As Nick and I pour ourselves into the other things in our lives, and even into one another, I was challenged to ask myself if we have been taking the time to make sure that God stays at the center of us.

For the past week, Nick and I have been trying to start our days praying for one another, out loud and intentionally. In all honesty, we haven’t remembered to do it everyday, but we are trying. And I hope that our trying continues for the rest of the years we have left together — and that we succeed often.

What is amazing… is that even though we have only done this a few times, we are already seeing God’s blessings in our relationship. I love how faithful God is.

Relationships have been on my heart a lot. In my personal study time, the focus of my Scripture reading has been on relationships. As I met with people and hear their struggles, they often revolve around relationships: a relationship with a spouse, a child, a coworker, a boss. Relationships are not easy.

A verse came up this week at our women’s Bible study, and again on Wednesday night at youth group:

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you live at peace with everyone.” — Romans 12:18

Some may think this can never happen. But Scripture also says, “With God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

What if we choose to put God at the center of all the people in our lives? What if took the time each day to pray for all the people in all the people in our lives? Out loud and intentionally. Would it make a difference? Are you willing to give it a try?

Take time each day to pray for the people you love. Take time to pray for the relationships you want to see restored. Pray for the people in your life who are difficult to love. Remember, God is faithful. You might be surprised at what He can do.

Pastor Stef








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April 2021