Thursday, December 16, 2010

Notes to the Lord:Deep and Lasting Relationships

1 Thessalonians 2
17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way.

Lord Jesus--The connections established in your church are long lasting and endure over time. Paul wanted to see these people again, who he had brought to know you as savior. The relationships established are on the same lines as family...brothers and sisters. Can you continue your work in LSCC? We seek to forge those kind of relationships that endure over time with depth and sincerity.

Lord Jesus--Those kind of enduring and deep relationships are exactly the kind that Satan does not want to exist. He wants us to always be on the surface.

19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.

Lord Jesus--Paul saw the relationships that developed over time in the church as a reason for joy and a reason to rejoice. These people won to you at such a risk were the reason for his call. They were the joy of his life.

The ability to establish these kind of relationships both with each other in your church and with You is the only reason that you came to this place.

In this day that will begin in just a few moments...filled with things to do and people to see, help me to remember that it is in the relationship that make up my life that you are seen. Help me to be that kind of person that shows you in my thoughts, my words and my deeds. Inhabit every conversation with your grace.

Lord Jesus--I pray right now for LSCC that the bonds that have been established will deepen by your grace, make this body of Christ something that you can be proud of. Bless your people in this day.

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