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The missing link in most people's spiritual lives is an intentionally formed, well developed inner circle. Developing that circles take a lot of commitment and effort. This week we will look at what Jonathan and David did to go deep and strengthen their relationship.
When we work with each other, we become better people. We need to be consistent in our friendship, use candor in our discussions, and compassion in our challenges.
During the Christmas season, many of us seem to be looking for that perfect gift. Sometimes we find ourselves in the middle of chaotic shoppers trying to get the best gift for the best deal. This seems to have become the nature of the Christmas season. When we stop and reflect on the gifts from God and the gifts of the season, it sometimes seems evident that the gift that is lacking is the gift of peace.
Because God is a triune and eternally relational God, we as His image-bearers have an intrinsic need and longing for friendship. We will only find true fulfilling friendship when the love of God motivates us to love God and love one another.
What are the implications of the statement made in verse 14 that Jesus “made his dwelling among us?” We know from the Gospels that He taught the truth of the Father and He touched the lives of many, but not just through His words. Jesus physically touched people - He healed lepers and cripples; He raised the dead and healed many from disease; He fed thousands of people and made wine for a wedding. He became connected to those around him. He knew the people next to Him by name, not because they came to Him, but because He went to them. At All Saints we are called to be Ambassadors of Christ, spreading the good news of salvation not only to those who enter our doors, through worship and sermons, but also to those in our neighborhood by loving them, showing empathy, and being real, however we can. As we engage in ministry, and in this whole idea of relationships, how do we create a connectedness where you and I can love and be loved, where we can know and be known, where we can serve and be served, where we can celebrate and be celebrated?
I. Friendship Intervention (9:1-8) II. Divine Intervention (9:9) III. Church Intervention (9:10-13)
It may seem strange, but our conflicts with other people are caused from an internal conflict within our hearts. This internal conflict puts us in conflict with God and can only be resolved by his amazing grace through Christ. As recipients of this amazing grace, we must live with godly passions and pursue faithful friendship with God through grace.