Getting to Know You
Verse 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
Now that we know that we are to be abounding in growing love for one another we need to look at how we make that happen.
Love, biblical love, is not based on sight or feeling, it is based on choice and knowledge. We have to choose to love others and then we must take the steps to get to know them. It is too easy to judge someone on what we think about them and not know the reason they do or think the things they do. We may find them strange because they dress different than we do. Until we get to know them we won’t know that the reason they always wear a long skirt is because they have burns on their legs that they are trying to hide. Maybe the reason they have that odd hair do is because they have a scar and the style is hiding it.
We know that not all scars are physical and so we need to remember that we won’t know what a person is going through just by looking at them. This is why we need to become interested in our fellow believers. Not so that we have information about that of which we can gossip, but so that we can know their hurts. It is in knowing each other’s hurts that we can learn to love each other in the way that we can grow in unity.
This level of relationship doesn’t happen on its own. We have to be active in building it. We need to be intentional about getting to know those that we aren’t normally drawn to. We can’t wait for the other person to come to us, we need to be willing to take the first step. But to take this first step requires something of us that we aren’t very comfortable with, being vulnerable.
Being vulnerable isn’t easy and even in a loving church family there is the possibility of being hurt but we can’t disobey about loving each other because of what may happen. We must open ourselves to love and learn how to love each other properly. We must seek to know others and allow them to know us. We can’t love as we should if we have little, to no, knowledge of others.
Making It Personal
How willing are you to get to know those you don’t normally interact with? What steps need to be taken so that you can get to know others better? How vulnerable are you with others?
Making It Personal Kids
What are some ways that you can get to know someone? How willing are you to let others know you better? Who can you get to know today?
Father, thank You for building us for community. Help us desire building true relationships with all those in our church family. Make us a community of love. In Jesus’ name, amen.