Guest Writer: Linda Lou
“Life sure would run much smoother if it weren’t for people messing things up.” You may have heard someone make such a remark. You may have felt that way yourself at times; I know I have. Yes, the people we deal with are certainly the unknowns in the equations of our lives. Many things in life are fairly predictable, thank God, but once you throw a few people into the mix, you never know for sure what you might get. If you’ve experienced hurt and betrayal a few times along the way, you know it’s a real temptation to throw the towel in altogether.
“And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18).
God knew we would need each other though. Maybe we just don’t get it that God’s purpose is to bless us through our right relationships with others. Consider these awesome benefits and blessings relationships were designed to provide:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
Support and help in a physical sense.
“Two are better than one…For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
Our knowledge and understanding can be sharpened and strengthened. As we get together and talk about spiritual things, for example, we tend to grow in spiritual understanding.
“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17).
Our prayers can be helped.
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).
We can share our experiences.
We are instructed to, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).
So let us determine to look at the people in our lives with appreciation, to a much higher degree, if possible, and to bless and help each other, as we know God would have us to do.
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