Winning Relationships

Rod Shimabukuro

Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, "May the LORD, who is good, pardon everyone who sets his heart on seeking God-the LORD, the God of his fathers-even if he is not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary." And the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people. (2 Chronicles 30:18-20)
What happens in the Shima household when the rules are violated and broken? Judgment at the hands of DAD!!! But should the rules dominate relationships and the lessons that some mistakes or failures can teach? When "my" rules and regulations are tougher than tough love, I will bring great divides in my relationships at home, at work, etc.

It's not that I should compromise on rules that are meant to bring order and life. But the lesson from God for me today is

Lose the argument - win the relationships
Some standards I need to consider in relationships above the "my regulations" are:

Is the person setting their heart on seeking God?

Don't try to win the argument and abide by the rules, when I can bridge the persons relationship with God, through the "mistake."

Make wise distinctions between Biblical boundaries and "my expectations and rules" so I don't expect people to live up to my standards, but God's!

Promote healthy decision and coach others to make wise choices according to Biblical principles.

Have this attitude in you... Lose the argument - win the relationships
Dear Father,

Help me to coach my children and others I serve and lead, to develop winning relationships. So help me live by Your word spoken to me today!

Devotions for July 20

2 Chronicles 29,30,31
James 4

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