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The Pastor of Willow Creek Church, Bill Hybels, has written a great Bible study called "Connect with Others" which has 6 lessons on the Sermon on the Mount.  The study guide presents scripture and study to help us learn about and see examples of  "kingdom relationships".   The author encourages us to "Invite the Holy Spirit to transform any area of your relational life that is not honoring to the Savior." 

When I first thought about the term "kingdom relationships" I related it to my relationships in the church and with other Christians.  I gave myself a small pat on the back as I thought about my relationships in those two arenas.  I thought,  "I am doing OK with those relationships.  Nothing exceptional, yet no big problems."  Then I realized that "kingdom relationships" include ANY relationship that I, a member of the Kingdom, have with any other person.  I am convicted.  When I think of ALL the relationships that I have in a week,  I realize that I miss MANY opportunities to truly connect with others, and I actually even sabotage some opportunities by my attitude or reactions. 

So, I am interested to work through the study to learn how I can build more effective "Kingdom relationships."  The first lesson begins with a study of the Beatitudes.  How about if we focus on Matt 5:5 for a minute and talk about the Meek.  Scripture says that they will "inherit the earth."  Meek people don't push or shove to get to the beginning of a line.  They follow the rules.  They never take 25 items through a 10 item line in the grocery store.  They would never complain about a neighbor's dog. 

Jesus had a message to them.  He found them on the back part of the lawn (since that is where they would have found a seat without pushing to the front) and gave them the good news....they will actually INHERIT THE EARTH. 

Think about the people you have relationships with.  Your neighbors, your co-workers, the folks at church.... Who among them is meek and hardly noticed or affirmed by others?  Think of some way to affirm them and bless these people for their life and ministry.  It could be something as simple as writing them a note or it might be that you can go and do something for them.  When they protest about your helping them, just affirm how much you appreciate them and their "counter-cultural" approach to life. Let them know how much of an example they are to you.  Affirming them will enhance your Kingdom relationships. 


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