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Cut Through The Tension

In this message, Pastor John gives us three practical tips to help us cut through the relational tension at our dinner tables!

December 20, 2020 | Pastor John Hill
Family | Humility

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“How to Cut Through the Tension”

Key Scriptures

  • One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat. When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. 38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feetand putting perfume on them.​ 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”​ 40 Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”  “Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied. 41 Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. ​42 But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”​’ Luke 7:39-42
  • The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.​” 2 Peter 3:9  

Reflect on What You’ve Heard

  1. What tension exists within your relationships?
  2. Do you find yourself avoiding or confronting tension?
  3. What tension do you need to confront?

Pray it Out

Jesus, thank you for giving me tools I need to follow you better! Please give me the confidence that only comes from you and to confront the tension in my life! I owe you my life, thank you, amen.