My brief reflections on these readings centre on aspects of relationship and community.
- It is obvious from the end of many of Paul’s letters that there are many brothers and sisters walking with him in the work of Christ. He expresses heartfelt thanks to those who partner with him, his love for them is obvious and real, as is his gratitude for all they do – they ‘refresh his spirit’!
- Job is also surrounded by community, but some of them are less helpful in his walk with God. Zophar in our reading in Job 11 appears to be one of the less helpful people in Job’s live. Zophar points to Job’s situation and concludes that there is hidden sin in his life and he needs to repent. Now, while we should certainly be challenging each other about sin in our lives, it is poor theology to point tat our circumstances and conclude that God is punishing us.
My pray today is that we would experience and contribute to loving community. John 13:34-35 says
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
What does loving one another mean in practical terms to you? Perhaps it is in being grateful for those that Christ has placed us with in our journey of faith and life. Perhaps it is to encourage and refresh the spirit of our brothers and sisters. Perhaps giving sacrificially to those in need. Perhaps even open talking about the sin in our lives in a loving way (i.e. differently to Zophar’s approach). Yes, all these things and more! May our community of grace truly be a grace filled community.