Theme of the Week: Marriage Celebration
Bible Verse: “If, then, there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy.“ Philippians 2:1, CSB
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, Philippians 2:1-4
The church is a place of diversity. Often, in our churches, couples are the strongest majority. Much of our programming, teaching, curriculum and ministries revolve around families. Yet we have brothers and sisters in Christ who have been widowed, divorced and are single.
We typically gravitate to spending time with people who are like us, creating a circle of friends who are comprised of people in a similar life phase . . . young married couples or married with kids or youth or seniors. Yet Scripture is clear that we need to interact with each other and care for brothers and sisters in Christ that God has allowed us to cross paths with in our journey.
Children who have lost their fathers through tragedy or who have been abandoned in a messy divorce need godly, Christ-centered families to interact with so they can see a healthy marriage modeled in front of them. Young men and boys need the support of healthy adult men in their lives, and singles need to be hospitably welcomed into homes.
We are together part of the body of Christ, and have the opportunity to learn from each other, support each other and grow together. These rich interactions will allow us to peer into their world while allowing them to have a better understanding of ours.
Going Deeper: Are there widowed, divorced or single people in your church community who would consider your friendship integral to their life? Thank God for the people you are friends with, and if no one comes to mind, ask God who you should begin to welcome into your families’ life. Is there a fatherless child in your congregation that you and your spouse can welcome into your life? Is there a single parent who could use your support and encouragement? Pray about how you may be used by God to care for those that aren’t like you.
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