It is Gods most ardent pursuit to have residence in our hearts and inhabit our thoughts, to commune with us, His beloved. He yearns to be a reality in our everyday lives and to connect with us on a very personal and intimate level. Consistently throughout His word He emphasized the importance of fellowship among us, reminding us of doing good. It is of my most honest opinion that God created us to have communion with others and to connect with people directly and regularly. It is a practical approach to creating an atmosphere conducive to love. The purpose of connecting with people is to “touch base” with them, in order to maintain an open door to always edify and encourage. In God’s word we consistently encounter Scriptures encouraging this very idea.
Hebrews 10:24 We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things.
Heb 10:25 Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other…
Hebrews 13:1 Keep being concerned about each other as the Lord’s followers should….
Heb 13:2 Be sure to welcome strangers into your home. By doing this, some people have welcomed angels as guests, without even knowing it….
Heb 13:3 Remember the Lord’s people who are in jail and be concerned for them. Don’t forget those who are suffering, but imagine that you are there with them…..
1Peter 2:17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood….
A connection with someone is a loving, accepting and empowering relationship. A means to facilitate the process of growth in others lives. We do this by seeing them through the eyes of God and treating them accordingly. God has placed such value on each one of us, His love for us so extravagant, that He gave us His son, who in turn also acknowledges the love he has for us by giving us His life. I believe God expects us to place the same value on those around us. To constantly have an attitude of acceptance and kindness, to never measure the value of another person based on how well they met our expectations or what they have done or not done for or to us. This is how you maintain a connection. To see their value as God does, to be willing to lay down our lives for them, as well as our opinions and expectations. If we consistently operate from the focus of connection and loving people we will eliminate the need in our hearts to control and change them. It is imperative that our point of departure remains rooted in manifesting the goodness of God and manifesting His nature. If we can set ourselves to a standard of loving others as Jesus would we operate in His nature and will. We will see others as Jesus sees them. This will in turn empower an attitude or forgiveness and compassion, to the effect that nothing someone else does to us that is evil or benevolent will be of consequence to us, our concern remaining to love and honor them, acknowledging their invaluable worth. Cementing our hearts and thoughts in an attitude of calling out their identity in Christ, drawing them nearer the image of God, enabling them to be who they were called to be and empowering everyday kingdom living and a kingdom oriented mindset.
1 Peter 3:8-11 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. ”
Maintaining this connection with someone has to become the most important aspect of the relationship. Our connection with people should allow us the opportunity to elevate them when they are downcast, to encourage when they have no hope, to empower them with freedom of love when sin and guilt has entangled them in shame. We need to firmly establish ourselves in a position of influence over the barren areas in the hearts of the Body. A firmly established connection of love and understanding, with patience, will certainly eradicate the most stubborn strongholds fear can create in our hearts. These strongholds serve only to keep us from accomplishing the works of the Father, which is to bear up and encourage those around us, to Love them fearlessly and fervently. Love will tear down the walls of separation by prejudice and racism, of elitist spirits seeking dominance over the children of humility. When we operate in a spirit of love we strip fear of its power over us and break the bondage of slavery to sin and shame.
May this serve to challenge you to approach relationships in your life that might seem stagnant or not ideal, with new vigour. May you see with the eyes of Love. My prayer is that God will lead us to establish well grounded connections, rooted in Holy fear and reverence for the price Jesus paid for the person living next door to you.
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