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@HOME – 5/14

@HOME – 5/14

How To Enjoy People

 

“ I thank my God upon everyone remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philipians 1:3-6 (NKJV )

 

Someone has said, “this world would be great if it weren’t for people.” Every family has them don’t they? You know, people you wonder how in the world did they get in our family tree? Or were they living in a tree? Mark Twain said, “Don’t waste your time looking up your family tree. Just go into politics and your opponent will do it for you.” The book of Philipians is a personal and practical book. It deals with problems we all face. But what I like the most about Philipians is, it’s a positive book. In the very 1st chapter Paul speaks of people because even Paul knows if relationships are bad, life can be more difficult. Peter Drucker said, “the number one characteristic of an effective leader is that he or she enjoys people”, so here’s our question this morning? How do you enjoy people?

 

Be Mindful…” I thank my God for every remembrance of you.”

 

Paul is saying, “I have you on my mind.” And when he thought of people, he thought of the positive, not the negative. Paul had a difficult time in Phillipi. He was illegally arrested. He was beaten, humiliated, and even thrown in prison. But what does Paul remember? He remembers the Philippian’s loyalty. When you remember people, remember the best, and forget the rest.

 

Be Prayerful… “ Always in every prayer of mine.”

 

Paul knew the quickest way to change a relationship is to pray for people. It changes your attitude toward them, and it changes their actions toward you. You have a choice. You can let people get on your nerves, or you can let people get on your heart. Paul chose the latter. He prayed for them.

 

Be Grateful….”Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

 

Man is a great starter, but sometimes a terrible finisher. God always finishes what He starts. He puts the finishing touches on things and says, “It is good.” God is putting the finishing touches on all of us. We are all under construction. So enjoy people today. If you demand perfection before you enjoy them, you’ll never enjoy them.

 

Many times our problem is this: we judge others by how far they have to go rather than how far they have come. Listen, you don’t have to be a cannibal to be fed up with people. So here’s the question…Do you enjoy people? You can, you know. Just be mindful, be prayerful, and be grateful. If you do that…even those you think may have lived in trees, you’ll enjoy.

 

– Pastor Ken Whitten