I’m With You
December 30/31, 2017
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:23)
The Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood. (John 1:14 MSG)
One of the greatest lines we can hear is someone saying, “I’m with you.”
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17)
“Being with is more transformative than doing for.” – Jim Ellison
I pray that…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:21-23)
Three ways to let others know you are “with them” in 2018:
1. Tell them.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)
2. Show them.
And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. (Matthew 5:40-41)
3. Stick with them.
We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. (1 Thessalonians 2:8)
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