I’ve heard the Good News of Jesus described as a beautiful gemstone. Depending on the angle that you are looking at it, you see different facets and splendor. Only as you consider the whole gem do you see the fullness of its amazing quality and character. What are some of those angles?

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.

2016 will be a great year, if we keep these two truths operating in our lives each day.

Each year, it’s hard for me to take my eyes off of the wonder of God coming to Earth in the form of a humble infant Savior! But this year, as I consider those in the first nativity scene, I’m compelled to ask the question—why them?

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.

If I’m honest, I’m not a very thankful person. My personality lends itself to seeing what is not taking place and my upbringing helped me to be dissatisfied with jobs done poorly or things left undone. I don’t say any of that with pride. It’s a constant opportunity for God’s transforming work in me.

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!