• Pastor Charlie Rivens

What Worked For Jesus - John 13:21-27

The following are seven laws of relationships observed in the life of Jesus.

1. The law of hospitality Many people experience hospitality with you, but not all are your friends. Jesus was friendly to all people, but He was friends with only a few people.

2. The law of capacity In the Bible we read of all the people Jesus met with, prayed for, taught, and healed. But there is an even longer list of all the people that Jesus did not meet with, pray over, teach, or heal. Jesus had capacity limits due to His humanity. You too are finite and cannot give to everyone who would like to receive something from you.

3. The law of priority For Jesus, His inner circle of three disciples plus a few friends and perhaps His family got the majority of His personal time and energy. He would lovingly help and serve people but then move on.

4. The law of seasonality Very few relationships, if any, endure through every season of life. We should accept it and thank God for the deposits people make along life’s journey.

5. The law of clarity You know that someone is driving in the wrong relationship lane when things cause you to avoid or dread him. At times like these, you need to have transition talks and closure conversations. A transition talk is an opportunity to lovingly but clearly define (or redefine) the lane the relationship will be. A closure conversation is the talk we have to be clear that we are not talking anymore.

6. The law of idolize-demonize These are the people who love you one minute and hate you the next. This very thing happened to Jesus. The enthusiastic crowd shouting, “Hosanna, hosanna,” soon became the hateful mob crying, “Crucify, crucify.”

7. The law of economy Relationships are like vehicles. Some get good gas mileage. They don’t drain our energy and they keep moving forward without difficulty. Other relationships, however, get lousy gas mileage. These take a lot of time, energy, and money, and don’t seem to make much progress.

The same is true for each of us. Some people are amazingly good investments of time and energy. Others, however, are exhausting and never gain much if any relational momentum. Holy Bible App


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