Let me first say beginning this hopeful year of 2013, I am grateful for your eyes upon my words each time you slow down enough to read about something that matters greatly.
Real women. Doing real life. Seeking a very real God.
I had lunch with a friend recently who shared the impact of friendship on her. I went one step further and asked what she feels her greatest needs are in friendships with other women.
Of course because we were on a lunch date, that meant as any right-minded friend would do when they knew they are getting ready to hear something profound, I grabbed a napkin and a pen.
What she shared is something think many of us can relate to.
The simplicity of the words written on the brown paper napkin, when applied to relationships between women become a gift of indescribable value.
Speaking truth in love
Prayer / Intercession
Encouragement consisting of:
- Building one another up
- Helping one another to see strengths when we cannot see them
- Helping one another to see progress when we cannot see it ourselves
- Conversation leading back to scripture
In a recent service at my church, one of my Pastor’s spoke on proclaiming Christ to all peoples. “That’s our purpose” he said. He went on to share three ways we proclaim Christ.
1 ~ Our Words
2 ~ Our Works
3 ~ Community
Community is what we are talking about when we are sharing life together in friendship. Life-giving. The way we choose to live in relationship together. The way we choose to love one another. The way we choose to care for one another. The way we choose to speak life into one another’s lives. How do we choose our words? Our works? Or what we choose to do to serve one another?
Simply and beautifully stated…our purpose is to proclaim Christ. For everything we say and do to point to Him. None of us is perfect, but even in our weakness and shortcomings,the way we choose to respond, even to them, can point to Him.
When Jesus had finished washing the disciples feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. (John 13:12-17)
Jesus Himself has given us the greatest example of how to love one another. And He calls us to do just that. To love as He loved.
What do you need in friendships with women?
What gifts can you give in friendships with women?
I would love to hear from you.
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