This Sunday we are going to continue our sermon series “Better Together” and unpack a scripture in John that God has been speaking to me over the last few weeks.
John 15:12-13 – “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Love each other…the same way Jesus has loved us. That is a serious job description! I believe that one of the things that really hinder us loving others well, is that we are either not feeling loved ourselves, or we are going through something (or have gone through something) that we haven’t really dealt with or moved past from.
We may agree that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends…but what if we don’t have any real friends to lay our life down for? What if we have a real need and nobody is available in your life to help or be there for you?
We need a breakthrough to happen. We need to do a spiritual gut check and find a pathway to our transformation, because if we don’t, if we stay isolated, we are in danger.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 – “Two people are better off than one, for they can help others succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”
We are designed for community. Having people in our lives to care for us and for us to care about is not a suggestion or a nice benefit, it is necessary.
If you are going through a storm, God most likely will use a person (or people) to answer your prayers for breakthrough. Don’t withdraw, don’t isolate, but go find community.
That’s how we go from a victim to a victor.