Motivation is a key factor when it comes to relationships, especially when it comes to the longevity of relationships. One of the most notable attributes of relationships is that they tend to have "highs" and "lows". Whether its family relationships, work relationships, or church relationships; when it comes to relationships there are good moments and moments of challenge. It is in these moments of challenge that our motivation plays a crucial roll. If our ultimate motivation for that relationship isn't so God would get the glory and that person would know him and love him deeper, it makes weathering the challenges difficult. When we decide to love, encourage, and pray for one another despite the challenges that relationships bring, God gets the glory.
Romans 6 : 6 - 13
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
Do not let sin control the way you live;do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.
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