Monday, January 5, 2009

With a little help from my friends...

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27: 17 NIV

In order to maintain a working relationship with God, we must have others that help us to keep growing. These individuals can help to encourage us in tough times, they can rejoice with us, and they grow with us. The great part of Christianity is that we are not alone. Not only do we have the companion of Christ through the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 20), but we have other Christians to help us in our journey of faith.
Fellowship with other Christians is crucial to keeping faith strong. Life is not always easy and in these times, we often lean heavily on others as we grasp for an understanding of why... Sometimes it doesn't even require a tough time in life to feel distant from God- having a relationship with something intangiable is difficult... through these struggles, it is helpful to have a group of close friends and a church that cares about you and surrounds you with love and understanding.
Who are the people in your life that keep you "sharp?" Have you been able to spend time with them lately? It's easy to forget about our relationship with God and the relationships we have with those who help us in our faith when we get busy or out of the routine, maybe because of a break in daily activities.
This week be sure to spend some time with those people. Look for opportunities to help other believers, strengthen their faith.

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