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A Vicious Enemy

July 6, 2016

“Every battle confronts an enemy. The enemy we encounter on the narrow road is our devil-inspired, world-shaped tendency to arrange for our well-being at the expense of others, often by the way we relate. Relational sin, often unrecognized and usually subtle, is a vicious enemy; perhaps it’s our worst.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 16-17

Questions for Reflection:
• If you were asked about the greatest area of conflict in your life, do you typically think of your tendency to arrange for your own welfare at the expense of others?
• In relationships where you’re currently experiencing tensions, do you see any ways in which the conflict you’re experiencing is being fed by a demand for others to cater to your own comfort?
• What hope becomes available with the realization that your relational sin is a greater enemy than your difficult circumstances or another person’s failure?
• Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you today both the subtlety of your relational sin and the grace and freedom Jesus provided at the cross.

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