How to be Relationally Present

The New Testament provides us with lots of ways to be with “one another.” It’s important we keep encountering them since we’ve got far to go until we’re actually obeying God’s will found in them.

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Continuing to think about Love

Can you really talk about love enough? God is love, after all. As Christians, we are distinctly called to love.

To love our enemies….

To build community through love…

To remember the love is above anything else we might do…

Love Your Neighbour

Love your neighbour because God’s given to the love you need to love others. Read Sarah’s experience.

Love your neighbour by sharing with your coworkers. What should you share? Your compassion, your experience…

Love your neighbour as a family because God made it one of the great commandments.

We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

-1 John 4.19-21

What comes after “Here comes the bride”?

You’ve been married for a few years, maybe more, maybe less. Communication and love are more important than ever between you and your partner, but it’s easy to fall into some ruts and bad habits, relying on the spark of love (or something else) to see you through.

Getting MarriedDon’t settle for bad habits of speaking to one another.

Sandra shares a real-life warning story why.

Use these six questions for a healthier way of loving and serving your partner.

Let Sharon encourage you with her piece, “Why My Husband of Three Years and I Go To Marriage Counseling.”

 

Photo by JD Hancock. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

Choosing to be friends instead of competitors

It’s like it happens without even trying. You meet someone, you like them, you become friends. Then somewhere along the way, you start to compare your life to theirs. Sometimes you feel better, sometimes worse. But is that what God intended for our friendships?

Young FriendsAnn shares a conversation with her daughter about the dangers of comparing herself to her friends. The alternative to measuring your life by others is to look for God’s “burning bush presence.”

Don offers three new ways to look at those around us in “Three Paradigm Shifts About Relationships That Are Setting Me Free.” People are the gift!

Finally, Kristen at Relevant Magazine offers “5 Types of Friends Everyone Should Have.”

Photo by Gwen. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

This post is for adults and teens, covers the topic of friendship and comparing.

Abide in and with love

And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he aides in them.
-I John 3.23-24a

 

On Sunday, October 20, 2013, we began a three week World Hunger campaign through World Renew. To learn more and to find resources, visit the World Hunger site.

Pastor Chelsey shared a message from I John 3.11-24 about abiding in God’s love. To hear “World Hunger Campaign Part I” visit our church’s current series website (or search the archives.)

The word “abide” means to have a memory or feeling that lasts– that doesn’t fade away. Take the time to read “Dad loves Ellie” and reflect on how God’s love abides and spreads.

What about ways to show love and that you abide in Christ? Take a cue from the “5 Love Languages of Leviticus.”

Continue to reflect with, “What Does Fruitful Look Like?”

 

This post is a follow-up to a sermon preached by Rev. Chelsey Harmon at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC. It shares teachings and ideas about God’s love, service and aid.