Building Kingdom Relationships
John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
This past week with the Stalcup Family moving to Arkansas and transition, I haven’t been able to get the phrase “build loving relationships” out of my head. The Stalcup family quickly invited Andrew and I over to family meals during holidays, asked us to spend time with them, invited us with them to lunch after church on Sundays, etc. In a little over a year, those invites quickly turned into friendships that then turned into family. I am so thankful for their friendship and the way they loved us unconditionally like family! There is no doubt in my mind that they would lay down their lives for us, and we would lay ours down for them. This is a love that we are to have with those around us. As John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” This means that with the relationships and friendships we build, we should aim to have a love for them that would do ANYTHING for them. Kingdom Relationships. Aim to love them like Jesus would and to walk through life with them.
This has me thinking… how am I making friendships that are based on love? How am I building relationships with others? Who would I lay down my life for? How are the relationships and friendships I have working for the kingdom and building kingdom relationships?
I challenge you as I am trying to figure this out, that you would join me! Are we building relationships that are loving in our ministries we are a part of? Are we building relationships that are working towards the kingdom? Are we trying to build NEW friendships with people we may not know very well? Are we sitting in our comfort zone of friends and don’t want to reach out and make new ones? Who are we walking through life with? Can we bring anyone else along?
My prayer is that God would be in EVERY relationship and friendship we build as we journey through building KINGDOM & LOVING relationships!