Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/12/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.
The most essential element in a healthy relationship is commitment.
Commitment is more than a feeling. Commitment is a clear decision resulting in change. Commitment endures.
Commitment creates a sense of security and confidence. Commitment lays a foundation for effective living. Commitment demonstrates Christlikeness. Healthy relationships cannot exist without commitment.
When entering into a commitment, look for the calling. Ask God with whom am I called to have friendships that are marked by commitment. When entering into a commitment, consider the cost. Not so you can decide if it is worth it, but so you are prepared to live out the commitment. When entering a commitment, consider the outcome.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/05/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Why is gratitude important in relationships? Ingratitude is ugly! There is the never enough attitude, which damages relationships. The I’m entitled attitude, which damages relationships. The I’m special attitude, which damages relationships.
Gratitude is powerful! When you show gratitude, you show the love of God and help others to believe.
How is gratitude powerful? It proclaims to others their value. It says “You are making a difference.”. It helps others to believe God is at work in them.Gratitude creates emotional and spiritual connection. It helps people feel wanted.
Gratitude finds its source in grace! Gratitude toward God overflows into all of life.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 09/10/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Are you a joy sucker?
Listen as Pastor Steve shows the difference between joy pouring and joy sucking. Grace, gentleness and encouragement are joy pouring and criticism, insistence and demoralization are joy sucking.
Jesus’ heart overflows with joy. He poured out His joy at advent. He poured out His joy while teaching. He pours out joy at the end of the age.
How do we get joy to pour out? We receive, experience and apply God’s grace. We lay hold of the gentleness of Jesus. When we embrace the gentleness of Jesus it changes who we are. When we sincerely encourage others.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 8/13/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Good communication is essential in healthy relationships! It is essential in marriage. It is essential in casual everyday relationships. It is essential in your relationship with God.
The Bible gives us some guidelines on communication. We are to communicate intentionally. We are to communicate simply. We are to communicate deeply.
The best commination comes from people who have been to the cross. It is at the cross that we learn the importance of intentional living. It is at the cross that we see the strength of simplicity. It is at the cross that we learn to value deep intimacy – deep communication.
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