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“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!”

– Philippians 4:1

If you want your existence to be life-giving, what should you do? It comes from life-giving friends, family members, and the people who matter most to you. During the time between Christmas and the New Year, many pastors acknowledge that we tend to get obsessed with details about events and projects. But at the end of the day, what matters most is the stories we tell, the songs we sing, and the hugs we give; that’s what’s going to last a lifetime! Continue to work on your relationships, and your relationships will be the ones that will build you and even allow you to grow.

In the absence of marriage or parenting, it is encouraged that you have good relationships and meaningful friendships! If a friend invites you to something, see if you can move a meeting or hold off on a project to be with them. Whether it’s your spouse, parents, or the people who matter most to you, this will mean a lot to them. As you continue to give life in this way, they will remember those deeds and it will make all the difference in the world to them!

Friend, I have a prayer for you as we cross over into another new year: “Father, I ask that we work on our relationships and ourselves in this upcoming year. We ask you to teach us the skill of how to be loving to people. Show us how to receive love without being afraid, and how to go deep with friends and family we care about. We thank you, and we love you! It’s in the powerful name of Jesus that we pray, and all God’s people say, ‘Amen.’ ”

Prayer


Father, help me continue to improve myself and my relationships in this new year.

Reflection


How do you plan to deepen your relationships in the new year?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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