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01/18/2017

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Who Is A Wise Person? One Who Cultivates Relationships


"Who is wise and understanding among you?" (Jas.3:13). "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others" (Phil.2:4).

Have you ever been around people whose conversation is always about themselves? How much fun is that, and how much time do you spend with them? As we continue on our quest to be as wise as we can be, we naturally come to relationships. I believe that a wise person sees the importance of solid relationships and does everything possible to cultivate them. As we look at today's verse, the apostle Paul is putting an emphasis on how we are to really interact with others. If we look at other folks as mere subsidiaries of a larger picture, we're missing the point. Paul says that a wise person looks at others in a special kind of way. By showing a genuine interest in others, relationships grow and mature. When others realize that we are truly interested in them, friendships ensue. We cannot hope to have a positive influence on others, if we do not make a real attempt to get to know them. I believe that the best congregations of Christians are those in which the members take Phil.2:4 seriously. One of the things that I love most about our community of believers in Northfield, is their reluctance to quickly walk out the building after services. At the close of services, I go to the front door to speak with as many of our members and visitors as possible. The greatest joy I have is watching folks in front of me gathering in small pockets, interacting with one another. Why do they do this? I think that it is all about their cultivating relationships with one another. After a couple of minutes at the front door, I realize that if I'm going to enjoy the fellowshipping, that I must move forward into the group. I truly believe that the wise and understanding person looks not only on their own interests, but also on the interests of others... How are you doing with that?

Have a wonderful day.... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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