Last week we discovered the power and impact that praying regularly has on your marriage. Today we will be looking at the impact of Godly community. I specifically said “Godly” community because a lot of us have friends from work, friends from college, etc., that may be there for us but are not necessarily “Godly.”
What I am talking about are close relationships that you meet with, as a couple, regularly. This can be a Sunday school group, a Life Group, Community Group, etc. Whatever word or label you or your church calls it is irrelevant. What matters is that you have other couples that you are open, honest, and transparent with.
These are people who you can honestly share with about the struggles in your life. Whether it is your marriage, finances, kids, money, etc., these are people who will not judge you but will pray for you and with you. They will also give you biblical advice, not their opinion(s). Let’s be honest, this is not always easy to find, but it is worth the effort to obtain it. Remember our reading on Day 1: God created us for love and relationship. Even Jesus did life with others.
Another big reason for needing biblical community is accountability. We all need others from time to time to call us out and hold our feet to the fire. People who can lovingly tell you when you are wrong, people you trust enough to listen to. That way, when we are struggling in our marriage, we have trusted friends who will be there and help guide us back to Jesus.
Take a step and either join a group or even start a group. Take a risk, trust God and be transparent. Your transparency will encourage others to open up as well!
‘This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. ‘ 1 JOHN 1:5-7