“We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.” Eph. 4: 15 – 16 (MSG)
This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking at a women’s retreat for the women of my church. I was one of three speakers and our title was “Robust in Love” taken from the verse highlighted in today's blog. Our focus was the necessity for maturity as godly women and emphasizing the building of God’s kingdom through us.
Our first speaker spoke on “Trusting Upward” and shared her powerful testimony as to how the Lord called her out of a sinful life through some painful and life-changing trials. The turning point of falling in love with Jesus came through an amazingly simple circumstance: a loved one had asked her to read the Bible aloud and over the course of time, as the words started to move from her brain and sink into her heart, the love God has for her was revealed as though a blindfold was removed from her eyes! That is the power of the Word of God!
Our final speaker addressed “Peace Inward” and shared how we can find peace even when we feel abandoned, angry, hurt, or worse in the storms of life while we learn the enduring truth of God’s goodness, love, and grace for us as He brings us to maturity.
I was the second speaker and my specific topic was called “Risking Outward.” It may sound odd, but frankly, how many of us have a true understanding of what it means to “love our neighbors as ourselves”? Yet, that is our commandment: to share the love we have received in our horizontal relationships in a manner that is glorifying to God. So how do we live out relationships that glorify God? I will be addressing this topic through a small series of blogs for the next few weeks. I hope and pray you will join me as I share how the Lord stepped on my toes and challenged me as I researched and prayed through the book of Ephesians.
For now, I want to leave you with a question: what prevents us from loving our neighbor, our spouse, or our child in a manner that brings glory to God? Please read Ephesians and my future blogs and we’ll compare answers!