Fill the Gap
March 10 - 16 • Week 1: Trust vs. Suspicion
Every relationship will experience a contrast between the expectations we set and the experiences we have. These unmet expectations produce gaps that need to be filled by something. What we fill these gaps with will determine the health of our relationships. There is only one thing that will keep our relationships from being torn apart when gaps occur: trust. Jesus commanded us to love God and love one another as He first loved us. The degree to which we choose to trust is the degree to which we choose to love. Choose trust to fill your relational gaps and watch how Jesus transforms that relationship.
Main Point: As trust goes, so goes the relationship.
Do you tend to be more of a suspicious person or a trustful person? Why?
What is one of your most difficult relationships? What about the relationship makes it difficult? If you were to assume the best about that person, how different would that relationship look?
Read together 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and discuss the meaning of each attribute. Next read John 13:34-35. How does everyone know that you are a disciple of Jesus? When thinking about your own life in light of these passages, how do you rate? This week, pray through some of the attributes that you need the Lord to help you with most.
On Sunday Pastor Ronnie said, “Believing the best may cost you something, but the price you pay for trusting too much is far less than trusting too little.” Share about a time in your life when you filled a relational gap with trust. What affect did it have on you, that person, and your relationship?
Who in your life are you assuming the worst about? How can you change your thoughts toward that person and begin believing the best about and for that person? As a group, pray and ask the Lord to transform your mind and heart toward that person. Ask Jesus to give you His eyes and His thoughts about that person.
Next Step Challenge
When you begin experiencing flaring emotions or maybe having imaginary conversations with someone that you are believing the worst about, in that moment, stop and think, “I get to choose what to put in that gap by either assuming the worst or the best about this person.” Then ask the Lord to help you choose trust.
“It (Love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7
All other Scripture References
Matthew 22:36-40, John 13:34-35, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
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