Feb 18, 2015

Fresh Start // Friendship + Fellowship

Continuing with the Fresh Start series, today I wanted to talk about friendship and fellowship.  I like to think the two go hand and hand because one builds up the other.  I think it's possible to have a relationship with anyone solely built on friendship, however, I feel that having a true relationship with sisters in Christ requires both friendship and fellowship.

Too often we walk around with masks on, trying to pretend that we have everything under control.  We're too prideful to ask for help and to embarrassed to admit we have a need.  But, who better to ask for help than a sister in Christ, won't she be the most understanding, most compassionate, or most willing to help?  If she's seeking relationships based on Christ, she will, and that is the best friendship to have.

We have to come to a point of admitting that we need each other.  Asking for help and receiving it will be a blessing, and sometimes we overlook that fact that the person giving help will be blessed, too.  Luke 6:38 is a reminder to "Give and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."  So asking for help is really just giving someone a chance to be a blessing and receive a blessing in return.

God doesn't intend for us to go at everything alone, He is always with us, and he gave us the ability to have relationships with fellow Christians as well.  He has intertwined our paths according to his plans and we can lean on each others' strengths.  "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  We have different gifts according to the grace given us." (Romans 12:4-6a).  We have the opportunity to work together as the body of Christ, each contributing our strengths and depending on each other.  This will create relationships and this will grow with fellowship.  Fellowship comes from meet each other as we are and letting our guard down.  It's time to start fresh with our friendships and truly be ourselves with our sisters in Christ.

// Read: "As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend." Proverbs 27:17

// Listen: The Words I Would Say by Sidewalk Prophets

// Pray: Lord, I pray that you would help me to foster friendships with my fellow sisters in Christ.  I pray that I would be a blessing to them and they would feel at ease asking me for help.  I pray that I would seek help from these friendships more often and to become more authentic.  Lord, please help me to be a friend like you.

This post is part of the Fresh Start series:  INTRO  //  rest   //   quiet time    //   contentment + gratitude   //   goal-setting   //   home   //   wardrobe   //   hair, skin, nails   //   work habits   //   friendship + fellowship    //   marriage   //   wellness

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