Tuesday, October 31, 2023
We have spent many of our devotionals on relationships focused on our walk with God. This primary relationship orients us properly within all other relationships. Today's verses help us understand the implications of "belonging to God" as it impacts our relationships. Notice these vital truths for relationships taught in our verses for today: 
Jesus taught us to recognize a tree by the kind and quality of fruit it produced.  In other words, we should ask, "Do the people in my life produce the fruit of righteous character, gracious compassion, and steadfast love and justice showing they are seeking God?"  John elaborates on this truth, helping us understand who we can trust, who is an imposter, and who directly opposes the ways of God. Do they love the things God loves? Do they do the things God desires? Do they obey the things taught in Scripture? Do they measure up to what the Spirit of God develops in people?  We should build our closest relationships with other followers of Jesus, while we also strive to live in the world but protected from the evil in the world  as we seek to lead others to Christ. 
Father, give me confidence in my relationship with You so that I can live in loving harmony with fellow believers and with a commitment to reach those in my circle of relationships who do not yet follow Jesus. Guide and protect me as I seek to grow in righteous character, gracious compassion, and steadfast love and justice as I seek to reflect Your nature and holiness in my life. At the same time, dear Father, enable me to reach out to the lost and broken without fear, knowing Your Spirit is alive in me to empower and equip me to live in a world opposed to Your ways. I ask this in Jesus' mighty name. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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