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The Importance Of Sociology In A Society

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RELATIONSHIPS - PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING WHO YOU ARE

Most of us have learned Bible teaches us mainly about two things....

1. The first is our relationship with God.

2. The second is our relationship with one another.

Every book in the bible deals with these two relationships.

Almost everything that I talk about from this pulpit concerns our relationship with God. That is a good thing to talk about!

Tonight though, I want to begin a new series concerning our relationship ourselves and with others.

We are going to address relationships that deal with the husband, the wife, friends, and family, communication...but I want to begin this series tonight by talking about ...view middle of the document...

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In two verses, James tells you who you are, and where you came from!

* God brought you into this world.
* It doesn't matter what the earthly circumstances of your birth were.
* You were not a mistake.
* You were not an accident.
* God put you right where you are for a purpose.
* God brought you into this world.

That's where you came from!

* The bible says that you are a perfect gift from above.
* That cannot change.
* There is no variableness or shadow of turning about that!
* You are the most prized possession of God.
* You are the apple of His eye.

That is who you are today!

Somebody say, "I know who I am!"

Then James goes on to say that it is not good enough to hear who we are, but we must become who we were born to be!

James 1:22-25
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

There is a lot to swallow in those four verses!

James makes it easy for us to understand though...he compares it to looking in the mirror.

How many of you like to look in the mirror? Don't raise your hand.

* The mirror doesn't lie...it tells the truth every time.

* I liked the mirror a lot more when I was 25 than I do today.

I looked in the mirror a lot in those days...

* I did my hair.
* Shaved.
* Brushed my teeth.
* Tied my tie.

And then I stepped back to admire the beautiful sight...just kidding.

Then I walked away and came back five minutes later to make sure everything was just right...like the mirror was lying to me or something.
Don't laugh at me, you know exactly what I am talking about! Some of you go back to the mirror seven, eight, nine and ten times before you leave the house.

It is like you forgot what you looked like ten minutes earlier.

That is exactly James point...

James 1:23-24
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

The reason that some of us struggle so much in our relationships is because we forget who we are...

* I can preach to you about being the prize of God's possession till I am blue in the face.
* You can hear me and agree with me all night long.
* But if you forget who you are between now and Sunday when the enemy starts messing with you...it is not going to do you any good.

James says, some of us are like that person who constantly has to look in the mirror to make sure...

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