Monday, July 14, 2008

Knit Picking

It is often said that we must be careful concerning who we are connected to. If we are not in relationship with the Lord, then we will definitely make poor choices in selecting our companions. The decisions that we make in life and ministry will have an impact on us for better or for worse.

We should not develop relationships with ulterior motives. It is also not conducive to our growth to spend most of our time with people who agree with everything that we say and do. Dance leaders should forge close relationships with other leaders and Pastors who can help them improve in skill and wise understanding. Dance Ministers should walk closely with others who are striving to lead a life of purity before the Lord. We are more likely to stay on the path of righteousness if we select friends and associates who honor God.

David and Jonathan's friendship was so deep that they were described as being "knit" together by the soul. We must examine what holds our relationships together. For some of us, it may be a tangled web of obligation and controlling personalities. For others, it may be a past of unwise decisions and comfort in familiarity. Those who we once called friends can quickly become our enemies. We should pray that the love of God holds us together in relationships that do not seek to glorify the flesh.

Webs can be broken. Faith can overcome fear and move beyond the familiar. Love overcomes it all. Let us pray to the Lord concerning who we are "knitted" to. If we are always chosen by our friends and seldom find ourselves selecting them with care, then we must decide Who we will serve, and re-organize our relationships to support God's will in our lives.

1 Samuel 18:1 (NKJV)
Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

Proverbs 12:26 (NKJV)
The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Lamentations 1:2 (NKJV)
She weeps bitterly in the night, Her tears are on her cheeks; Among all her lovers She has none to comfort her. All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; They have become her enemies.

Ephesians 4:16 (NKJV)
From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

James 4:4 (NKJV)
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

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