Don’t Stop Believing – October 12, 2016
Romans 12:12, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been in a teaching series at Cottonwood Creek titled ‘Relationship Goals God’s Way.’ During the first three weeks, I spoke about three keys to great relationships which are love, humility and forgiveness. If you missed any of those thoughts, you can find them on my daily blog.
The fourth fundamental of ‘Relationships Goals God’s Way’ is the goal of uncommon commitment. In Romans 12, the Apostle Paul gives us five keys to uncommon commitment. So far this week, we have examined the first and second keys:
- If we want great relationships, we need to be a lover and a hater!
- Serve God with passion! The closer we get to God and the more we serve Him, the stronger our relationships will be.
The next key to uncommon commitment is don’t stop believing. And let me tell you, long before Journey sang those lyrics, “Don’t Stop Believing,” the apostle Paul said those are great words for your relationships. Romans 12:12 reminds us, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Paul said, in difficult times stay joyfully hopeful and in tough times have perseverance. When you don’t know what to do, be faithful in prayer. In other words, Paul was saying uncommon commitment never stops believing that God can restore the broken hearted and bind up broken relationships. So in your relationship today, be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Don’t ever stop believing!
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D