Have you ever noticed in the letters of the Apostle Paul how much he values the friendship of others? In almost every letter that the Apostle Paul writes, he concludes with exhortations or greetings from his friends. In Romans 16:21, the sub-heading in my Bible reads, “Greetings from the Friends of Paul.” I believe Paul was a great leader that knew the importance of surrounding himself with friends and invested into the relationships that God entrusted to him.
Paul writes in I Thessalonians 2:8, “We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.”
Three words stands out in this verse: care, share, and dear.
Caring for Others
The retail business I once worked for had a slogan, “What we do best is care!” Truly caring for others is what cultivates life-giving relationships.
“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
Sharing with Others
In Acts 2:45 we read that the early church members sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all in need. We live in a culture today, where many people value luxury and wealth, but as followers of Christ we are called to give to those in need and share what God has given to us.
This part of the verse, “because you had become” indicates that relationships were built over time. We must be willing to invest in the relationships that God has given us.
This year’s theme, This Is Us, will focus on Enriching Relationships. As we approach our Kingdom Life Conference, June 6-9, I encourage you to attend! This week will provide so many different opportunities for all of us to strengthen our relationships with God and with others. We hope to see you there!
Bishop Tim Lamb combines over 34 years of pastoral and church planting experience to lead LifePoint Ministries. Bishop Tim's unique prophetic insight, forward-thinking leadership, and compassion for people combine to make him an effective leader for our pastors and churches.