(Mental note: What a powerful title!)
First reading was taken from the book of Samuel 2:6.
2 Samuel 2:6 (NIV)
6 May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.
From this passage, we see that God’s capacity is greater than ours. He giveth as well as taketh. We must take time and caution to be observant and analyse our circles/ relationships, positive or not, and do what must be done. Sister (well Aunty to me haha) Eti then brings up the story of Abraham and Lot (REMINDER – still need to read and learn from this story).
The story of Abraham and Lot demonstrates that the relationship between them was not profitable unto Abraham. We briefly discussed how funny it is that this demonstration of relationship value is between a family member. If Abraham was able to understand that the relationship with his own ‘flesh and blood’ was affecting his blessing from the Almighty; why is it so hard to let go of dead friendships /relationships with people in general.
The next scripture was taken from the book of Genesis 13:14-18.
14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” 18 So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord.
Here we see that God checked up and checked out that party, allowing Abraham to fulfil his duty. We all have to get a place of importance, but when people are blocking our path, we need to realise that a release needs to take action. If something is causing you more harm, allowing God to check it out.
Note: Haven’t you ever notice that when you feel a strain on a relationship/friendship, there’s like a strange awkwardness. It’s God giving you that swift exit. But as human beings, we want to take the hard road; ‘God please I asked for you to release me from my enemies but sister A has such charisma oh, and brother B always listen to my troubles though he too is part of them at times.’
Then, when you’re still hanging onto these people that have served their season in your life, expiring and their left-over mould’ is causing you more harm than trouble; so you then have to leave the relationship with drama, instead of taking that swift exit God graced you with.
B L E S S I N G
“How much do you want your blessing?” – Sister Eti. When she said this I just had to pause and think. Like when we pray to God, speaking before we’re truly thinking and making that covenant with God to bless us and we’ll continue to do ABXYZ; but how much do you really want it?
Most of the time, the blessing which we’re seeking, or which is coming our way can’t come because of what is around us. For example; you want to get the best grades but you’re hanging out with a crowd that is not aiding in your revision progression. You need to allow the things of the world to not hold back your blessings.
– Analyse the foundation of your friendships and let God check it out if needs be. What God has not sanctioned he will not elevate.
– What God will give you is better than what you have already. It seems hard when things are not going to plan but such is life, God is a God of YES where other God’s who we worship (this could be in the form of trusting in the word of man more than faith in God) are the gods of maybe/no.
Food for thought
The 5 friends we need in life:
The Collaborator – Understands your vision, connecting with your purpose
The Confronter – Confront your stupidity
The Coach – We don’t need a title to pour out a type of wisdom.
The Catcher – Whilst you are learning something, they will too learn
The Confidant – They understand your personality, keeping you sane
Written by Olivia-Zara
EVERY female has encountered troubles in friendship, and this word has put so much in perspective! Checking up and checking out is a continuous process, the same way you can love your closest friends, you can also show love to friends that have done you wrong – even though you may not want to be close to these former friends, ensure that no hatred lives in you, and you still love them from afar. Always ask yourself; What would Jesus do?
Check up, check out. The choice is yours!
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