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7 Reasons you need Fellowship.

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I believe that one of the greatest privileges we have being Christians are meaningful relationships. I owe a lot to people around me and I am always thankful to God for the advantage I’ve gained through meaningful relationships.

Here are 7 reasons why you need to avoid isolation and be rooted in fellowship :

Love

We all desire to have people to love and who loves us in return. You’ve got to build relationships with as many people possible to do this.

Inspiration

We’re all on a journey together, discovering who we are in Christ. One of the best tools we have to accelerate our growth are fathers, mothers and mentors who are willing to not just guide us, but also be an example to inspire us. Staying inspired is very important to reach our full potential and the best way to stay inspired is to be around inspired people.

True friends

Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to, and in those times it can be especially hard to stay encouraged and rooted in our faith. Nothing makes walking through these hard times easier than being around others who can mourn with us while we are mourning and rejoice with us when we rejoice.

Accountability

A big reason why many who started right fail is because of no accountability. We need people in our lives who will keep us focused on what really matters. They are people who are not afraid to tell you when you are wrong, but when they see us messing up they don’t rub it in our faces but rather remind us of who we are – calling out of us the image and likeness of God.

Encouragement

We all need encouragement every now and again, none of us ever complain that we are too encouraged. While there is a truth that we can strengthen ourselves in the Lord, like King David did, we all need people like Barnabas in our life to encourage us in our faith.

Fun

I’ve learned the hard way that we don’t do too well when we are addicted to being productive. We all need fun and times of pure entertainment. If your friends are like mine, I’m sure you agree that nothing is quite as fun as spending time with a crazy bunch of people 🙂

Receive change

We have to admit that not everybody we meet in life are like us. There are people with different way to thinking, different priorities, cultures and a different view of life. Its good to meet such people and stretch our understanding of the world around us.

What are other reasons to stay rooted in fellowship?

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Love and Forgiveness

Love and Forgiveness

Lately, I have been thinking about love, forgiveness, people, choices and why bad things happen to good people. I think they’re all very important subjects, and I will probably choose each one of them to talk about, but right now I just want to focus on love and what love really is.

I have been dealing with a lot of people who hurt me and took my friendship for granted. In matter fact, I have come to believe that most friends in our lives are meant to be our friends just for certain seasons. We always say that childhood friends will always be our friends forever and they are, but then you end up meeting with them on the street, at the coffee shop and you just exchange a few random words as if you barely know each other. Truth is that in time, we change, we either become the kind of people we wish to be when we were children or we allow our dreams to be taken away from us and we end up in places doing things we don’t love with people we don’t really like.

So then the question arises: How can we still love well people we haven’t seen in ages or people that hurt us, that disappointed us and did us wrong? What does it even mean to love well?

There is this one verse that comes to mind that’s in 1 Peter 4:8 and it says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers”.  What does that even mean? Well..love covers, I think it means love forgives and yet how can one forgive without being forgiven first?

 Yes, we go through life and make everyday choices, to wake up, take a shower, to do good things, to be nice to people and yet we still have to learn so many things. “Forgive but not forget” some people might say, but is that true forgiveness, the one kind Jesus thought us?!  Indeed its not our place to fix people, we can show them what they do wrong and pray for them, but it’s only God who can restore a person. Restoring, yes, that is the key word I was looking for, because forgiveness restores the standard. Jesus thought us this principle and yet, sometimes we struggle with doing the same. We say it all day long, “ I want to be like Jesus” but yet we find ourselves in the midst of situations that require our full focus and attention and our full forgiveness.

If love covers, and forgiveness restores, then how come we still find ourselves making the wrong choices?! I think that our choices are like little spots on the path of our destinies. We are all destined to reign but how does one reign well without forgiving just like Jesus and loving well?

Loving well also means loving on purpose. Stepping outside of our comfort zones each day, making the choice to stop for the one, every time. But then the question is : “ How to love on purpose those who hurt us?” well..we can either remain stuck in our issues or make the choice to move forward .

Truth is that we all make mistakes, but what are our goals in life really? To remain stuck in anger and bitterness towards those who did us wrong or make one step forward and forgive and ask God for full restoration of people and relationships. We should only look at Jesus, He is our highest standard and if His love covers all, then ours should do the same.

If we are still talking about life goals, let me share some of my own, in the hope you will find yours and stick to them. One of my goals in life is to never uncover that which was already covered. Don’t stick the knife in the place that once hurt, unless that place has no scar what so ever. I also want to love people so much that when they are talking to me, they encounter their Father and leave changed. I know it’s a high goal but I always ask for wisdom to discern well and steward well, that which was given to me. Ahh! Yes, loving well requires sacrifice and sacrifice is always hard work. What will you choose then?!

What is your disposition when people do you wrong? Is it like Jesus’? How do you act when the storms of life almost drawn you? Do you act like Jesus? How well do you choose to love? Do you love like Jesus?

 

Thank you for reading these thoughts.

Lory T.

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The pursuit of happiness?

I read this recently on instagram, the popular image world – 
“When I was 5 years old my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I dint understand the assignment, and I told them they dint understand life” – John Lennon. 
 
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:13 NIV)
 
I wrote an article last month on Joy and how important an asset it is in the kingdom of God. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you read it.
 
So, how do we keep ourselves consistently happy?
 
There are many books, articles and many famous authors have come up with formulas to be happy. I am sure most of us have different things that work for us, and here’s a biblical way I find very helpful. 
 
1 -> Fill yourself with the truth, IMMEDIATELY!
 
I remind, speak out loud(declare) and believe the truth in the word of God as often as I can. The truth is He loves us and there is nothing that can separate us from His love. And no matter how bad or how low it feels, He has amazing plans for us. Plans to prosper and not to harm us. That is His promise and He never lies. 
 
2 -> Nothing changes our identity 
 
Be quick to set your identity in Christ. We are more than conquerors ‘through’ Him. It is ‘through’ Him we can do all things. 
To set our identity in Christ means to not worry about our earthly position, reputation, name and fame. The richest person on earth or the poorest, we are children of the most high God and He loves us equally. 
 
3 -> You don’t have to know it all
 
“If you want peace that passes understanding, you’ve got to give up the right to understand” – Bill Johnson. 
I know this one is not easy. We all like microbiology – go to the smallest detail of everything. But if you can get this one, make sure you spread it. 
This is a stage where your faith is tested. Make a conscious effort to believe that God is working behind and you will see the master piece soon. 
 
4 -> Build a motivation machine
We were made for relationships. Firstly, with God and then with people around us. Surround yourself with people who believe in you, who build you, who speak good things to you, who motivate you, who appreciate you and in short people you enjoy being with. 
 
There are 5 kinds of people in our lives. I learned this last year. 
1 – Resourceful people – They are people who ignite your passion(fathers, mentors etc)
2 – Important people – People who share your passion(Friends and others who are in the same level as you)
3 – Teachable people – They look to you. They are your followers. What you receive, you must give(You reproduce yourself)
 
4 – Nice people – They enjoy our passion. They enjoy what you do. They are not concerned about anything that happen to you(the crowd)
5 – Very draining people – They drain your passion. They are a burden and they never want to change. Always negative and sucks the life out of you. 
 
Make sure you are spending at least 80% of your time on the first 3. 
 
I hope you are blessed with this and I pray you live happy and enjoy life everyday. Don’t forget to share if you are blessed. 
 
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