THE GOOD LIFE

THE GOOD LIFE

Ruth 1

1-2 Once upon a time—it was back in the days when judges led Israel— there was a famine in the land. A man from Bethlehem in Judah left home to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 

3-5 Elimelech died and Naomi was left, she and her two sons. The sons took Moabite wives; the name of the first was Orpah, the second Ruth. They lived there in Moab for the next ten years. But then the two brothers, died. Now the woman was left without either her young men or her husband.

6-7 One day she got herself together, she and her two daughters-in-law, to leave the country of Moab and set out for home; she had heard that God had been pleased to visit his people and give them food. And so she started out from the place she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law with her, on the road back to the land of Judah.

8-9 After a short while on the road, Naomi told her two daughters-in-law, “Go back. Go home and live with your mothers. And may God treat you as graciously as you treated your deceased husbands and me. May God give each of you a new home and a new husband!” She kissed them and they cried openly.

10 They said, “No, we’re going on with you to your people.”

11-13 But Naomi was firm: “Go back, my dear daughters. Why would you come with me? Do you suppose I still have sons in my womb who can become your future husbands? Go back, dear daughters—on your way, please! I’m too old to get a husband. Why, even if I said, ‘There’s still hope!’ and this very night got a man and had sons, can you imagine being satisfied to wait until they were grown? Would you wait that long to get married again? No, dear daughters; this is a bitter pill for me to swallow—more bitter for me than for you. God has dealt me a hard blow.”

14 Again they cried openly. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye; but Ruth embraced her and held on.

15 Naomi said, “Look, your sister-in-law is going back home to live with her own people and gods; go with her.”

16-17 But Ruth said, “Don’t force me to leave you; don’t make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us!”

22 And so Naomi was back, and Ruth the foreigner with her, back from the country of Moab. They arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.

 

THE QUALITY OF OUR RELATIONSHIPS DETERMINES OUR QUALITY OF LIFE

LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO BE WITH THE WRONG PEOPLE

    WHAT ARE WE STILL CONNECTED TO THATS AFFECTING THE QUALITY OF OUR LIVES?

GODS REQUEST OF YOU IS TO GET THE BEST FOR YOU

RUTH 1:16-17 But Ruth said, “Don’t force me to leave you; don’t make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us!”

RUTH 1:22 And so Naomi was back, and Ruth the foreigner with her, back from the country of Moab. They arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.

HARVEST IS THE END OF A SEASON - YET BEGINNING OF A NEW ONE

RUTH 2:2 It so happened that Naomi had a relative by marriage, a man prominent and rich, connected with Elimelech’s family. His name was Boaz.

2 One day Ruth, the Moabite foreigner, said to Naomi, “I’m going to work; I’m going out to glean among the sheaves, following after some harvester who will treat me kindly.” Naomi said, “Go ahead, dear daughter.”

 

OUR IDENTITY IS FORMED BY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM

        OUR SUCCESS IS FORMED MUCH BY THE RELATIONSHIPS WE HAVE W/ OTHERS

2 KINGS 2 “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.”

WHO YOU ARE CONNECTED TO DETERMINES WHAT YOU WILL DRAW FROM

LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO BE WITH THE WRONG PEOPLE

THE QUALITY OF OUR RELATIONSHIPS DETERMINES OUR QUALITY OF LIFE

“GO WITH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING YOUR DIRECTION”  

MATTHEW 4 “Follow me…”

FORGIVENESS IS FREE, FREEDOM IS A PROCESS