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Summary: Today we’re talking about the 4th pillar of unhealthy relationships, disrespect

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INTRO: Two men were golfing together near a cemetery. While the one man was preparing to putt, a hearse turned into the cemetery. He immediately looked up, dropped his putter, removed his cap and bowed his head. After a couple of minutes he returned his attention to golf. When the two men returned to the clubhouse, his partner told the man that he was deeply moved by the respect shown toward the deceased. The man acknowledged him by saying, "I really feel it was the least I could do after being married to her for the last thirty-four years."

Today we’re talking about the 4th pillar of unhealthy relationships, disrespect. But let me first review what we’ve looked at this far.

1st pillar was gossiping. We looked at what gossiping will do. : It will separate close friends.

: It will ignite fights and quarrels.

: It will bring division.

: It will change you at the very core of who you are.

2nd pillar of an unhealthy relationship is envy.

: Where you find envy, there you will find disorder and every evil practice.

: Envy rots the bones, our lives will fall apart if we don’t deal with envy.

: No one can stand against envy.

3rd pillar of an unhealthy relationship is greed.

: Greed creates the wrong way of life.

: Breed also produces the wrong motivation in life. : Greed establishes the wrong authority in life.

TITLE: Relationship Busters – Part 4

TEXT: 2 Kings 2:23-25

I. Definition of disrespect.

A.Let’s look at respect first.

: Respect is an act to give particular attention, consideration, a high or special regard for someone or something, to esteem.

: Disrespect is the opposite—not to pay particular attention, not to give high or special regard for something or someone.

B.Illustrate.

A church group traveled through Turkey to visit the sites of the seven churches of Revelation. As their bus went down a dusty road, they noticed up ahead a man riding a camel. The group stopped their bus to take a picture. It was only after they stopped that they noticed that behind the rider and the camel was his wife walking along. With the help of their interpreter they asked the man, "Why are you riding while your wife walks?" "It is simple," he replied, "she doesn’t own a camel."

II. To the western mind we think what a clod, making his wife walk while he is riding. Where is the respect for his wife?

In the text this morning we have the story of Elisha the prophet of God.

A. Background. Elisha has just taken over for Elijah who was taken to heaven in a chariot of fire.

1. Elisha is the main prophet now. He just gets through performing a miracle to clean up the water of Jericho and he is on his way to Bethel.

B. The prophet encounters some defiant teens.

1.These youngsters come out of town and start tormenting, making fun of the prophet. They are jeering him.

2.They say, "Go on up, you baldhead."

-It was customary among Eastern nations to cut off the hair of the head, or to shave the head, as a token of mourning the death of a relative (Job 1:20, Jeremiah 16:6). In consequence of it being a heathen custom , this was forbidden to the Israelites (Deuteronomy 14:1).


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