Today is the start of our February series called "Let's Talk About Love!" I am super excited to make this journey with you!
February is known for being the "love month." Even the stores position themselves towards Valentine's Day as early as the day after Christmas (or shortly after). If we look at our culture, Valentine's Day tells us that to show someone we love them, we buy jewelry, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, giant-sized stuffed animals, dozens of roses, and expensive dinners. But is this really an adequate expression of love? And should expressing love be confined to only one day a year?
For being a month devoted to love, there's a lot of relationships it leaves out. Primarily, it leaves out all of the relationships that AREN'T romantic. What about love between friends? What about love between siblings? What about love between other family members (such as with a favorite aunt or uncle)? What about love towards God? So many relationships get overlooked, yet there's a TON that we can learn from those relationships!
This month, from now until the 28th, we will be looking at a variety Biblical relationships and consider the lessons that we can glean from each of them. We will look at each relationship and finish the sentence, "Love says..."
Today, let's consider the benefits of relationships in the passage below:
Benefit One: They can help each other succeed. Have you ever taken on a project that requires others to succeed? Maybe you've started a business, a blog, a ministry, etc. What do all three of those have in common? The need for people. You can't have a business without customers. You can't have a successful blog without readers. You can't have a ministry without people.
Benefit Two: They can pick the other up with they fall. I think of Jesus picking up Peter when they were walking on the water and Peter started to sink. Jesus not only lifted Peter up out of the water (physical), but he also lifted Peter up out of his fear and challenged his faith (emotional and spiritual). There are many ways to lift someone up and every single way is incredibly valuable in a relationship!
Benefit Three: They can keep warm. I once heard a story about a father and son who had gotten lost while skiing. They were in a serious emergency as they were on this mountain and a blizzard came along. They found a little cave and it didn't take too long before it was discovered that the son was at the beginnings of frostbite. The dad was doing everything he could to warm up his son. He'd put those freezing feet on his belly to make use of his own body heat. It was constant shifting and moving in an attempt to protect his son from frostbite. After two days (or thereabouts) they were rescued. The amazing part was that when it was all said and one, the son lost only one toe to frostbite (he was in danger of losing fingers and feet up on that mountain). Thanks to having his dad with him, he was able to stay much warmer than if he had been lost all by himself. With his dad he only lost one toe, can you imagine what he could have lost had he been all by himself?
Benefit Four: Protection. If one person is attacked, he can be easily overwhelmed by his attacker. If there are two or three who are attacked, they can easily overwhelm their attacker. Having more than one person provides protection.
The best benefit isn't mentioned specifically in this passage. Well, it's not mentioned in clear and bold letters for the world to see. Here's the best benefit: where there are two or more people, neither are alone. That's the beauty of relationships!
Let's Discuss! Comment Below (or on Facebook)!
What other benefits of relationship do you notice (either from this passage or other passages in the Bible)?