Don't you love to find nuggets in Gods word. Especially in scriptures that you have read somewhere in time before. They begin to mean something more. They add certainty and dimension, focus.
I love my sister friends. I grow and mature with help from them. They are examples of Gods love so often in my life. They are precious gifts full of inspiration and joy.
When the personalities can't be seen as exceptional differences and we don't see eye to eye, or when we find ourselves lost in thought often, with negativity towards another, God needs to show up then as well. Here's what Philippians 2:1-4 says.
-Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ?
-Any comfort from his love?
-Any fellowship together in the Spirit?
-Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other,
-loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
-Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others.
-Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
-Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
God did not make us all to be the same or design us to go about things the same. He did create us to glorify Him. To grow in love for each other. He made ways to get along when He puts us into the lives of so many different women.
I love that Paul sets out these very clear and instructive verses. He is exampling the attitude of Christ in these passages. I love how he lays out three questions. Then he asks "are your hearts tender and compassionate?" Then he goes on to say, okay... here's what you need to do.
- Love one another
- Work together
- Don't be selfish
- Don't try to impress
- Be humble
- Think that others ARE better than yourself
- Don't look out for yourself
- Invest in others
Follow these guidelines while navigating through your relationships with your sister friends. God brings people and things into our lives to cultivate our fruits, to grow us into a likeness of His son. Keep in mind, the most challenging relationships can also be the most rewarding.
What relationship are you thinking about right now? We all have one (at least).
What is God telling you through this scripture?
Expect God to show up in all areas of our lives.
He most certainly will!