#176 – GENUINE CONCERN (24/8/20)
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Have you ever been in a ‘conversation’ with someone in which they do all the talking? They tell you about their lives, their struggles, their wants… When you say something, they talk about how they have experienced the same thing at some point and then go on talking about themselves. They don’t have a genuine interest in you, or you feel like that anyway.
Paul writes about Timothy as an example of one who is imitating Jesus’ genuine love and concern and from whom we are to learn and be inspired by. He begins.
‘I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare.’ (Philippians 2:19-20)’ (Philippians 2:19-20).
It’s a real skill to listen and ask questions. Timothys, take a genuine interest and concern for the welfare of others.
The first way that we can show a genuine interest and concern for others is by seeking to understand their situation by listening. Let’s take special note of the way that we converse with people. Let’s ask good questions and seek to understand them. Such an approach will help your Christian family and those who are not yet believers.
To Parents - How do you encourage your children to listen well and ask good questions?
COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY
Some groups are not meeting in August. However, if you do meet, please use one of the daily studies and the questions below as the basis of your study together.
1. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about (maybe from Sunday's message or your bible reading this week)?
2. What will you do in response?
3. How can we pray for you?
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