Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Relationships...the easy and hard part of life!

I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each others' faith. Romans 1:11-12

Paul earnestly desired to visit the church in Rome. There were probably multiple reasons, including: it was his calling/ministry, he wanted to teach them, wanted to see how they were doing, and many more. But, it was also so that he could receive from them. Paul was a man who wrote the majority of New Testament books and he wanted to be encouraged by new Christians in Rome. How awesome!

At times we also need the encouragement of other Christians. He was wanting to spend time with people, to develop relationships with people, and to then be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. These kind of relationships do not happen by attending church services alone, we need to take steps to genuinely get to know one another and discover the faith and spiritual gifts that others have. In this scripture, we can learn from Paul and seek out a group of people to meet with to be encouraged by their faith. As we gain encouragement, we give encouragement. We weren’t called to live the Christian life alone.

How many of us make the effort to be encouraged by meeting new people? Are we encouraged to unify our efforts so as to make an impossible task possible through the work and dedication working, living, and relating to each other? I see no other way to respond to God's great love then to respond by relating to others and allowing others to relate to you!

You know I love ya, Don

P.S. - No, that is not a picture of my boys...although that they are best of friends and it could be....

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