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Transforming Our Relationships With Other Believers

Transforming Our Relationships With Other Believers

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Transforming Our Relationships with Other Believers / Heb. 10:24-25The Four Transformational Relationships Part 2
We transform our relationships with other believers (and with God) by encouraging,serving, and mentoring them.The problem: Sometimes, we perceive other believers as the “necessary evil” that getin the way of our loving God.
“I’d believe in Jesus if it wasn’t for his followers.”But in the book of Hebrews we are exhorted to “keep on loving one another asbrothers and sisters” (Hebrews 13:1). We do this when we encourage, serve, andmentor our brothers and sisters.Encourage
Encouragement is a problem if we just don’t like each other. But this attitudeis unacceptable. We need to learn how to encourage each other, which we doby spending more time with each other.
In Hebrews 10:24-25, meeting together is advocated, but not slavishly. Meetingtogether is for a purpose: mutual encouragement to live strong lives of faith.
Find a way to spend time with other believers away from church services. Don’tleave immediately after worship or bible study, but stay a little longer to visitwith someone you don’t know that well. You may even find yourself encouraged.Serve
Serving others takes time, time we don’t usually have. And after all, we do alot for others without their reciprocating, so we’d rather be served than serve.
But the bible continually challenges us to be transformed by keeping others inour minds ahead of ourselves. In Hebrews 10:24-25, we’re commanded to“consider” how to spur others on towards love and good deeds. The idea is tobe creative in the ways we interact with others, serving them by helping themlearn how to serve others.
The next time you’re around another believer and you find yourself eitherlooking down on them or ignoring them, stop and consider how you canmotivate that person towards transformation--towards loving others.Mentor
It’s easier to say things than to do them and one of the hardest things to do inour lives is to sacrifice our time for someone else. But as followers of Jesus weare called to do that very thing.
It’s very difficult to spur others on towards love and good deeds and encouragethem with spending a good deal of time with them. We need to sacrifice sometime to build mentoring relationships with other believers in which we grow© 2010 Jeremy Hoover / www.jeremyhoover.com / jeremy@jeremyhoover.com

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