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Pastor Mike Navarro : Christlike In Your Closest Relationships

How to Be · 44:44 · Recorded September 4, 2022

Christlike In Your Closest Relationships

Galatians 5:13-23 (NLT) 13For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. 16So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions…19When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 22But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Always be the one to instigate niceties & thoughtfulness.

Kindness

Goodness

Galatians 5:13 (NLT) For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

Philippians 2:1–4 (NIV84) 1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Always be prepared to educate yourself about your loved one.

Love

Gentleness

Galatians 5:14 (NLT) For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

1 Peter 3:7 (NIV84) Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

1 Peter 3:7 (MSG) The same goes for you husbands: Be good husbands to your wives. Honor them, delight in them. As women they lack some of your advantages. But in the new life of God’s grace, you’re equals. Treat your wives, then, as equals so your prayers don’t run aground.

Always be willing to negotiate the toughest choices.

Patience

Self-Control

Ephesians 5:21–29 (NLT) 21And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. 25For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.

Always be aware of the full meaning of the word consummate.

Faithfulness

Joy

Galatians 5:22–23 (NLT) But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control..

Talk It Over

What is the biggest challenge you are currently facing in your spiritual life? What is the biggest victory you have achieved in your spiritual life?

How are you cultivating the fruits of the Spirit in your closest relationships? How are you at cultivating these fruits in your own life? What steps can you take to be more Christlike and have the fruits Paul spoke of in Galatians?

What does it mean to consider someone “better than yourself”? Read Philippians 2:3-4. How can you enact this in your everyday life? How can you enact this in your closest relationships?

Do you take time to pray with your spouse, significant other or loved ones? What does this look like in your life? Why is praying with those we are in close relationships with so important? If praying with those close to you is not a daily practice in your life, how can you make it one?

Parents: Read Galatians 5:22 together. As a family, name the fruits produced by the Holy Spirit (hint: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). Grab a large piece of paper and draw a large tree with many branches. Place this where everyone can see it (the fridge is a great place). This week, when someone shows a fruit of the Spirit, draw a fruit on the tree. See how much fruit your family can place on your tree this week!

#### Talk It Over

What is the biggest challenge you are currently facing in your spiritual life? What is the biggest victory you have achieved in your spiritual life?

How are you cultivating the fruits of the Spirit in your closest relationships? How are you at cultivating these fruits in your own life? What steps can you take to be more Christlike and have the fruits Paul spoke of in Galatians?

What does it mean to consider someone “better than yourself”? Read Philippians 2:3-4. How can you enact this in your everyday life? How can you enact this in your closest relationships?

Do you take time to pray with your spouse, significant other or loved ones? What does this look like in your life? Why is praying with those we are in close relationships with so important? If praying with those close to you is not a daily practice in your life, how can you make it one?

*Parents*: Read Galatians 5:22 together. As a family, name the fruits produced by the Holy Spirit (hint: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). Grab a large piece of paper and draw a large tree with many branches. Place this where everyone can see it (the fridge is a great place). This week, when someone shows a fruit of the Spirit, draw a fruit on the tree. See how much fruit your family can place on your tree this week!

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