Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Core Relational Values to Live By


Monroe - path along the River Raisin

Here is a re-edited list of core relational values I posted many years ago.
  • Be motivated by the love of God, not by the need for acceptance. 
  • Impart God’s love in everything you say and do. 
  • Be moved with compassion for the lost and wounded. 
  • Err on the side of grace rather than judgment. 
  • Live life in such a way that your highest priority is to have intimacy and communion with God, then with your spouse, then your children, and after that others. 
  • Commit to a lifestyle of never ending change, seeking to be conformed to the image of Christ. 
  • Take personal responsibility for your life, actions, and emotions, rather than blame others for things that go wrong in your life. 
  • Surround yourself with spiritual fathers and mothers who hold you to a lifestyle of personal accountability in all areas of your life and ministry.
  • Seek to increase in wisdom and knowledge through continued study of sound biblical truths. 
  • Let your words be seasoned with grace, to lift up others, and never to bring down, devalue, or defame one of God’s creations.
  • Seek to live a transparent life that is totally open with God, others, and yourself.
  • Let your confidence and self-esteem not be found in your talents or accomplishments or possessions, but in your identity and faith in Christ. 
  • Practice the presence of the Lord 24/7. 
  • View your body as a temple of the Holy Spirit and seek to live in purity and moderation. 
  • Receive God’s love and give and minister out of the overflow of love in your life.
  • Bear the faults and weaknesses of others in your life ,and do not seek to please yourself or to get your own way in life.
  • Be a servant-leader who leads by modeling a servant’s heart. 
  • Be a good listener who judges not by what your eyes see or ears hear, but by discerning the root issues of the heart. 
  • Rejoice more in your name being written in the book of life than in any success and praise that ministry can bring to you.
  • Walk in the Spirit of Christ who is meek and lowly of heart. 
  • Daily experience the Father’s love and give it away to the people you meet. 
  • Live a lifestyle of thanksgiving and gratitude for all that God and others have provided for you. 
  • Walk in loyalty in all your relationships. One way to determine loyalty is by what you say about a person when they are not present.