November 26, 2017

Genesis 2:15-25

 Who would you call if you got a raise at work? What if you received a special award, who would you call? If you found out you were going to have a baby? If you were having marital problems? If you inherited a million dollars? If you just needed someone to talk to?

What are some of the blessings in relationships?

1.                  An End to Aloneness

One reason for entering a relationship is to put an end to aloneness. God said it is not good for man to be alone. We were created for fellowship and community. The lone ranger lifestyle can be challenging. God designed us to share with others and to experience meaningful and sincere relationships in community with other people. We were created to communicate, to give, to receive, to love and be loved, and to serve and be involved.

Has there been a time when you felt all alone?

How has meaningful relationships helped you through lonely times?

2.                  Meaningful Relationships Multiply Our Joy

In Luke 15 we discover stories about a lost sheep, a lost coin, and a lost son who wanders away from those who love him. In each of these situations that which was lost is found, and there is great rejoicing all around. It is almost impossible to experience abundant joy and not want to share it with someone. We will never be able to place a value on special people who love us, care for us, provide for us, protect us, cry with us, and rejoice with us. If you are blessed with a special person or persons you might want to express your gratitude and appreciation as often as you can.

Who do you consider to be some of the special people in your life?

What does their presence, love, friendship, and support meant to you?

Could you be a better friend and encourager in someone’s life?

What are some ways to express love and encouragement to others?

3.                  Meaningful Relationships Divide Our Sorrows

Ecclesiastes 4: 10 says, “If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity (woe to) the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” It is a tragedy to be alone and have no one to help you in a time of need. The need may be great or small. God teaches us to love one another and to help one another. Some of the things that people experience are almost unbearable if it were not for the love of friends. We are not just friends we are Christian friends. We have the presence and power of the Holy Spirit indwelling our lives. This makes us sensitive and aware of needs that God chooses to meet by moving in our hearts to be instruments in His hands. We have a responsibility to share the burdens of those who are hurting. Many Christians do not understand the purpose of fellowship and community. We let our pride keep us from being open and sharing with other believers. I believe God knows exactly what He is doing when He leads us to become involved in a family of faith. There is a strong reason for being an active member of God’s church.

Do you believe many people are hurting and struggling today?

What do you think could help them? 

Describe a time when someone helped you share a burden?

God may want to grow you spiritually by sharing your burden with people who love you. This requires faith in God and also faith in Christian friends. The Bible says it impossible to please God without faith! So why not begin trusting God and others today?