Men’s Relationships 103
Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:9-10
Key Verse: Titus 2:1-2
You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
Men, it is easy to give up on relationships. I know, I have experienced that desire. As a man, we become good at our jobs and we receive lots of “that a boys” for our hard work. But for many men, no matter how good we get in other areas of our lives, relationships can trip us up! There are many testimonies from CEOs of large companies that feel like failures because of broken relationships.
The Apostle Paul tells Titus to teach endurance. In his letter to the Galatians, he said to not grow weary and not to give up! Men, in the area of relationships we must grow our endurance. We must not trash relationships because God never does. We must not give up because God always gives hope to hopeless relationships. We must not grow weary because each day can bring new strength and wisdom from God! If you hear yourself say, “I can’t take it anymore,” say out loud, “That is a lie of the devil.” If you are a Christ follower, you can do all things in Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).
If you feel your strength slipping, seek out some support. Ask a pastor or a friend to pray with you. Don’t isolate yourself in false shame when relationship problems occur. Get yourself an endurance shot in the arm! Years down the road, when grandkids gather at your feet, you’ll look back and praise God you didn’t stop short!
Father, at times my flesh is so weak that I want to run from my problems. Be my hope and strength; hold me steady until the storm passes. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, amen.