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The Power of Relationships

Posted by Derrick Liu on

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

In recent weeks I have gotten into the habit of checking multiple times a day for the latest number of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong and abroad. Mainstream and social media are also filled with headlines and videos relating to government and personal measures being taken in response to this disease. And with all the negative and fear inducing news, it almost feels instinctive to want to isolate myself and avoid others. But upon reflection, I am reminded of the many commands and examples in the Bible about the benefits of community and what can be accomplished as a result of being in fellowship with one another.

When David learned of King Saul's intentions to harm him, David found comfort through his close friendship with Jonathan, Saul's son (1 Samuel 20).

As illustrated through Jonathan's friendship with David, we are called to carry each other's burdens (Galatians 6:2) and to love one another, especially in times of adversity (Proverbs 17:17).

God created Eve for He knew that it was not good for Adam to be alone (Genesis 2:18). The Lord teaches that "two are better than one" (Ecclesiastes 4:9). In the book of Acts, the early church grew tremendously as the believers shared generously and had fellowship with one another with glad and sincere hearts (Acts 2:44-47).

But even armed with all these truths (and the many other commandments and promises in the Bible on this topic), I still find myself susceptible to shrinking back into isolation when I see someone sneeze, cough or otherwise look ill. As a result, I am in the habit of praying that the Lord would help me remember verses like the ones above when those thoughts creep in.

Let us put power of relationships into practice by:
• Thanking God for always being near to us and for His strength and wisdom.
• Asking God’s help to maintain community with one another (whether virtually or in person) through all seasons of life.

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