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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
"Holding Each Other Up"
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” --Ephesians 4:29
While on a tour of California's giant sequoias, the guide pointed out that the sequoia tree has roots just barely below the surface. "That's impossible!" I exclaimed. "I'm a country boy, and I know that if the roots don't grow deep into the earth, strong winds will blow the trees over."
"Not sequoia trees," said the guide. "They grow only in groves and their roots intertwine under the surface of the earth. So, when the strong winds come, they hold each other up."
There's a lesson here. In a sense, people are like the giant sequoias. Family, friends, neighbors, the church body and other groups should be havens so that when the strong winds of life blow, these people can serve as reinforcements and can strive together to hold each other up.
If you have a broken relationship in your life, you need to fix it! The relationships you have with others do not only affect you, but they also affect everyone involved. God made us interdependent in this life, and nowhere is that evidenced more than in the family. Make sure your family relationships are strong! Jesus also made us a part of His family, and His body. Make sure your relationships with your church family are right as well. The storms of life will blow, no doubt, but if we are right with one another, we can stand strong with one another.
Take time to read carefully 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.