Don’t Be a Loner – Part 2
“Be devoted to one another in love…” (Romans 12:10 NIV)
The enemy is going to use the hurts and misunderstandings of the past to isolate us. That’s painful and makes us weak spiritually. Don’t you know that we get strength from each other? “As iron sharpens iron,” the Bible says, “so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). And “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). We need people to talk to and pray with. Otherwise the enemy is going to come and whisper something in our ear at a time of vulnerability in our life, and because his lies are tailor-made for each of us, we may end up believing whatever it might be: “Nobody likes you… you are hopeless… you’re not going to make it … you failed, and God is disappointed in you…” But when we can share with another brother or sister in Christ that the Lord has put in our life, we’ll find perhaps that they have faced a similar attack at some point in their lives, and they might say, “Satan tried to sell me that line a few months ago. But the Bible says that he is the father of lies. Come, let’s pray and get victory over this thing in your life.” And God uses that to make us aware of our enemy’s devices and to be able to agree with someone in prayer. The same goes for sharing the joys and triumphs of our Christian faith. It will not only bless us to share them with someone else, but it will strengthen and encourage that other person as well.
So, ministry worker, mom, dad, young person: Don’t be a loner! Instead, as the Bible says, “A man that has friends must show himself friendly” (Proverbs 18:24 KJV). The Holy Spirit will help us, if we ask him, enabling us to “be devoted to one another in love” as members of one family, one community, and one body in Christ.
Read Romans 12:9-18.