I have heard and believe that improving my relationship with God, helps improve all other relationships. It dawns on me that the reverse can also be true.
God created us as relational, but more and more American culture encourages individualism. There is a negative side to building strong connections with others. The pain of disappointment, abuse, and loss is strongly possible. We need to stop living in fear of the negatives and focus on the rewards.
My son comments on this on Day 1 of the Plan, “Forge Fellowship // Manhood Requires Brotherhood,” YouVersion.
“In the past we (his wife and he) have learned the connections with other leaders, pastors, Students(sic), and sometimes their parents teach us as much if not more than we have taught. The connections we make getting involved helps give strong Christian relationships with people whom we can feel comfortable with enough to ask for help or they may just know when we are slipping and help pick you up.”
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV
Two are better than one. Three are even stronger.
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.””
Matthew 18:20 NIV
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV
God wants us to live fully. One way to do that is to forge strong relationships. The strongest relationships are with those that help one another form a stronger bond with Christ.
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