What are your priorities? It takes work to cultivate a family and make a happy home, but the long-term rewards are worth every effort.
Romans 12:14-21 paints a picture of the church using peace as his base colour with pronounced shades of humility and blessing.
Being genuinely happy for the good fortune of others doesn’t come to us naturally. Often it’s easier to commiserate with friends rather than celebrate with them. But when you rejoice with those who rejoice, you’re modelling Christ.
We need each other. You need someone and someone needs you. Isolated islands we’re not. To make this thing called life work, we gotta lean and support. And relate and respond. And give and take. And confess and forgive.
Being involved means more than shaking hands with people on your way out of a church service—it’s investing in the lives of others.
But, you see, that’s what brings about the joy of gratitude...receiving what we don’t deserve. When that happens, humility replaces pride. A thankful spirit cancels out arrogance. Mercy flies in the face of resentment.
Have you ever suffered alone? Who hasn’t, it’s devastating. We were created to share life with each other. Take a look around—who could use your friendship right now?
Walking closely with the Lord means we must come to terms with forgiving others. Yes, must. We can’t avoid or deny the fact that relationships often bring hurt and the need to forgive.
Involvement with others should be spontaneous, never forced. And allowing yourself to be vulnerable is essential for involvement.