Lessons Learned from My Sickness – Part 6: Primacy of Relationships
This is the key to establish empowering and nurturing communities – we must take serious efforts of building strong relationships in our ministry.
St. Paul outlined this key principle in 1 Thess. 1: 8, “We cared for you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”
Three key words are mentioned here to help guide us in building strong relationships with people.
First, we must know how to care. He/she who sow seeds of compassion and caring will surely reap a harvest of the same compassion and caring.
Second, we must know how to share. This means dispensing concrete acts of generosity and not just offering empty rhetoric.
Finally, we must know how to hold people dear to us. This means being inclusive in the way we relate to people. Holding them dear means being honest, intimate and truthful in our dealings with them.
I believe that building this kind of relationship in our ministry will pave the way for establishing empowering and nurturing communities.
I’m grateful to God for giving me this first hand experience in my ministry. The harvest of caring and compassion that I received are evidences of this truth.
Posted on FB: 4 March 2015 – 12:12 PM