This is a time to war for community, to war for connection, and to fight for the joy and the privilege of loving deeply amongst your kingdom family. Resist the temptation to stay at surface level, to exchange social niceties, and smooth over the cracks.
Are you willing to allow me to heal the places of resistance? Are you willing to let me help you lower your protective walls, allowing me to be your defender?
I am giving you the grace to go deeper in your kingdom relationships, grace to display vulnerability, and grace to embrace the cost of friendship. As you lean on me for my enabling power, I will help you to build a depth of connection and friendship with those I highlight, that will be a source of mutual strength and encouragement in the days ahead.
Activation: Ask the Father if there are particular connections that he is asking you to invest in more. Ask him if there are any friendships that he would like to heal. Ask him if there are any connections that are not for this season.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. . . This is my command: Love each other.”John 15:12-13,17 (NIV)
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”John 13:34-35 (NIV)
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no-one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIVUK)