Redeeming Conversations in your church
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. (Rom. 14:19)
Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. (Rom. 15:7)
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Eph. 4:32)
These are a few of the “one another passages” or “reciprocal commands of Jesus.” (I put them in air quotes, so you can google and find the rest easily. All these commands show us that our conversations as family- brothers and sisters in Jesus should be more than superficial and friendly. James says we will be healed by confessing our sin to a trusted, wise mentor. How? Why? Because the enemy wants us to believe that we are alone and the only one with a certain struggle. But, there is a release in our souls when someone carries a burden with us and points us to Scripture and back to the Gospel.
“Let’s make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification.” I feel like we should all memorize this one this week- me included! Am I making every effort with the weight of my words and the sharpening power of a conversation to mutually build up or edify the other person? Do I look at the ladies I’m mentoring with this verse as my goal? Instead of just asking Sarah what time her soccer game starts- redeem this conversation. Ask:
What is something you can pray for your team this week? Instead of only asking Emma if she has any AP tests this week- redeem this conversation. Ask: What is a way you can bless your classmates this week and show them God’s love?
Then, pair up the girls in your group to pray for their teams, classes, etc. The next time you all meet ask Sarah if she scored a goal and how God answered her prayer and ask Emma how she did on her test and how she was able to serve her classmates.
I can think of countless conversations that have had an impact on the way I view God, myself and others. Pause for a second. Think of a GREAT conversation you've had and how it propelled you in your walk with Christ in some way. Now, from a place of a thankful heart: What if a question you ask inspires someone to find an answer in God’s Word? What if you use your words to show your approval and acceptance of someone? A conversation you have this week could change someone’s present and future to seek the kingdom first. Let’s ask God to keep us all alert and filled with His love so our conversations are filled with the Gospel within our community. - Amy