Pastor Paul's Perspective


There's A Reason Why You Should Be

Relationships matter to God.


A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 17:17

As iron sharpens iron, so a man
sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs 27:17

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My father I have made known to you.
John 15:12-15

Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Proverbs 27:5-6

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

My friends scorn me; my eyes pour out tears to God.
Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor!
Job 16:20-21

It seems to me that God wants relationships to matter to us as well.

This Sunday, April 28, we will be looking at some of the final words of the Apostle Paul from the book of Philippians. These words show us that Paul was very relational and that the joy on his journey came from knowing and interacting with people. Certainly Paul's joy came from his relationship with Jesus Christ, but Paul also received great joy from his time invested in others.

Paul says in Philippians 1:3-4:

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy.


And we also see this relational side of Paul in Philippians 4:1-3.

As Paul sits in a Roman prison, he's reminiscing on the relationships that he has and the people he values. His loving, relational side is seen as he writes with emotion and concern for his dear Philippians. I see the relational side of Paul in Philippians. And I think we can all learn from the Apostle Paul and how he valued people - valued relationships.

Sunday we will see that Paul especially valued relationships that were built in difficult days and relationships that produced fruit. The lesson we will see is that Paul's joy came from the relationships that he had.

I don't know if you're a "people person" or more of a loner, but I am convinced that relationships do matter to God - and should matter to us.

I encourage you to come out Sunday at 10am to hear more about "The Apostle Paul: A People Person".

See you Sunday,
Pastor Paul
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