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The Beauty of Relationships

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works”

Heb. 10:24; ESV

Community and relationships can be two of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of a believer’s life. Being involved in a church family should bring a feeling of security and acceptance to its people. As in any family, there will be struggles at times. But when godly love is the root of the relationships, they will grow stronger through the good times and the bad.

Accountability is a large part of those relationships. Holding each other accountable to living holy lives is a responsibility we all have as believers. We see an example of this in the second chapter of Galatians. Paul called Peter out for eating with the Gentiles when his fellow Jews were absent then backing away when they were around. Paul pointed out the hypocrisy of Peter’s actions both to make Peter aware of what he was doing, and giving us all a lesson in true Christian behavior.

It can be a challenge to hold others accountable. Sometimes you might not feel as though you have the right to speak into someone else’s life because of your own imperfections. But we must not allow that to get in the way. None of us will ever be perfect. If you love someone, it should be in your heart to help them see when something is wrong. This should always be done with love and understanding and never with a critical or judgmental spirit. We should welcome it when a fellow believer loves us enough to point out something that may be pulling us away from God.

Another wonderful part of those relationships is the support that’s available when things aren’t going well. We should be able to lean on others in our church family when we need help. We should also be willing to help when others are in need. This give and take builds trust, love, and a feeling of security within the body of

Christ. Our acts of encouragement and love for each other glorifies the Father. God blesses our loving intentions which draws us even closer to Him.

We all need encouragement from time to time. It’s the fuel that helps us move from doing nothing to doing something. Seek out ways and situations where you can stir someone up to love and to good works. You will be blessed for your efforts.

Have a great week and God bless.

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