We Learn Love through Our Relationships
“I’m eager to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. In this way, each of us will be a blessing to the other” (Romans 1:12 NLT).
We can’t live for ourselves if we want God to bless our lives. God will bless your life if you participate in fellowship. You need to be a part of a church family and develop relationships with other believers.
The Bible says, “I’m eager to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. In this way, each of us will be a blessing to the other” (Romans 1:12 NLT).
In other words, Paul tells the Christians in Rome, “I’ll encourage you in your faith. You can encourage me in my faith. And we will bless each other in the process.”
Most of the blessings God has in store for you in the coming months and years will happen through other people. If you never build those relationships, you will never get the blessings.
The most important thing God wants you to learn in life isn’t how to be rich or how to be successful or even how to make the world a better place.
God wants you to learn to love. You learn love by being in relationships. Whether it is at school, at church, in your neighborhood, or in the workplace, you need relationships to help you become who God wants you to be.
If you’re not a part of a local church, you need to find one. It needs to be one of your top priorities. If you’re in a church but disconnected from other people, get involved in a small group or Sunday school.
You can’t be blessed by living an independent, isolated life. We’re better together.
Talk It Over
How have you been blessed through relationships in a local church?
What are some ways you can build deeper, closer relationships within your church?
How can you be a blessing to someone else by helping him or her find meaningful fellowship within a church family?
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