Shauna Ramey - Godly Relations - Boring I, Oregon Convention - Thursday Afternoon, 2008

Hymn 211, "My Saviour, How I Love Thy Name"

Hymn 318, "As You Journey Home with Jesus"  Refrain:  "On the heavenly manna fed, let your heart go out to others; With the hungry, share your bread."

 

Proverbs 27:9, "Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel." Verse 17, "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." There are so many good verses in this chapter about friends. I think of times when that has been true.

 

About ten years ago, I had one of those not so good days, really a real funk, but went along to the sing we were having in our field. One sweet lady there began talking to me about all that was so wonderful to her. I was only half listening until I realized, “This is what I need, right now.” The Lord had used that dear lady to help me right at the critical time. We belong to a wonderful family and never need to walk alone. (Some of our visiting workers were overheard to say, “What is a funk?” Having a feeling of the blues.)

 

I Corinthians 12:18, "But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him." Each member of the body has its place in the family. None are more important than the other. When we have a living relationship with God and Jesus, it means we will have a real relationship with the people of God. I am so thankful for the patience of my co-workers toward me. We can bear one another’s burdens by taking their cares to the Lord. I just feel I have grown up in the work.

 

Galatians 6:1, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ." Every choice that we make reflects the body.

 

I John 3:14, "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death."

 

Hymn 342:

I would be true because my Father trusts me,

With many precious things and treasure rare.

Oh, may I not betray the trust that’s given,

But faithful be and steady in His care.


If we are securely connected to the head, then we will always have the right response toward our brother or sister.