Over the past few weeks I read an outstanding book by Tim Lane and Paul Tripp called Relationships: A Mess Worth Making. The title itself is worth the price of the book. The book was no disappointment. It has been very timely to read this book as I prepare to preach through the second half of the book of Ephesians (4-6). In these chapters, Paul is concerned that Christians live out their salvation in the context of the messiness of relationship.
Here are 8 important points from the book that give us a biblical perspective on our relationships with other people:
- You were made for relationships
- In some way, all relationships are difficult
- Each of us is tempted to make relationships the end rather than the means
- There are no secrets that guarantee problem-free relationships
- At some point you will wonder whether relationships are worth it
- God keeps us in messy relationships for his redemptive purposes
- The fact that our relationships work as well as they do is a sure sign of grace
- Scripture offers a clear hope for our relationships
I thank God that he keeps us in messy relationships for His redemptive purposes! He is in the process of restoration and sanctification.