God’s desire for us to live in relationships whose unity reflects Him is not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of a world that desperately needs to see a different way of life…a way of life that displays abundance and relationships full of genuine love.

Many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions this time of year. When I think of a list of relational characteristics we can aspire to, there's one passage that reflects the heart of God as much as any other.

God is One. God exists in three persons. This is the mystery of what theologians have called the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I’d like to point out how this mind-bending theological truth is significant in our conversation on relationships.

Not a happy promise, but a promise none-the-less. Whoever, through division, party politics, and mean-spiritedness destroys the work of God’s people, God will destroy that person (1 Corinthians 3:16,17).

Early in the story, God’s plan took a devastating turn to the left. When sin entered the world, the most prevalent and consistent consequences we see in Scripture are the conflict, anger, rebellion, murder, strife, and division that repeatedly spring up.

Do you believe it? God’s first strategy for winning a world far from God is His people living in such a way that our love for one another reflects His image and character everywhere!

Why is it that we, in the Body of Christ, must put up with divisiveness and mean-spirited conflict between factions of the Church? What is it that allows some people to so freely express their beliefs in a way that ignores the admonitions we see by Jesus to love one another?

Are you inspired by this blog? We have worked with NavPress to create a 30-day devotional, Five Traits of a Christ-follower, that interacts with Scriptures on five important characteristics of those who follow Christ -- the same characteristics focused on in this blog.

Like the Psalmist in Psalm 145, we can do nothing but “speak,” “tell,” “celebrate,” and “sing” the mighty acts of God. Our lives become a symphony of commendation that exults God. There is no more powerful expression of worship than this kind of God-designed community.

In his time, the apostle Paul laid spiritual foundations in the lives of many people, including those in Colossae. Not only was the Gospel spreading in their believing community and region, it was spreading its roots around the world. God’s community was advancing the Gospel.