When people interact together, it is only a matter of time before some type of conflict will wise. When the interaction involves one person trying to instruct or mentor another, the chances of it occurring increase.
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to lead someone who continually struggles to either keep up or perform as expected. So, what should our response be?
When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. (Psalms 94:18)
As we strive to trust God and walk in his ways, how does he respond when we falter? He doesn’t attack or pound us down, but instead holds us up by his mercy.
When people are struggling, our response toward them should be the same. We should respond with mercy. There is a difference between struggling and refusing. When people struggle, they are striving to accomplish or perform as expected, but yet still need support. We love it when people show mercy towards us and especially when we receive it from God. His dealings with us are a pattern or model for us to follow.
Patience is still a virtue. So at work, be patient and show mercy. As you raise your children, remember mercy. Mercy is like a fertilizer. When it is used correctly, it will enhance the growth of your relationships. Without mercy, relationships can die. If you want to make a great difference by helping people, you need to exercise mercy.
From the beginning of our salvation until now, we have heard the Lord and even seen him evident in our lives. What is it that you have seen? How many answered prayers have there been? How many times has the Lord spoken to you through the scriptures. On how many occasions has he guided you in your decisions? Honestly speaking, we probably cannot number these occasions. What I believe to be the best interactions with the Lord are when he encourages us. He picks us up when we fall. He mends our hearts when they become broken and encourages us as we live in this fallen world. All of these instances are part of our fellowship with him and the fellowship continues as we lift our hearts to him and offer praise, thanksgiving and adoration.
As the apostles, we have a responsibility with this fellowship and that is to share it with others so that they too may fellowship with God. We owe this responsibility to our brothers and sisters in Christ. By doing so, we lead them from where they are in their fellowship and relationship with God to where we are. It is the mature believer teaching the younger.
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3)
With these thoughts, we must ask ourselves a few questions. Have I been having fellowship with the Lord? We know that we have in the past, but in recent days has there been fellowship? If you were to share a fellowship experience with someone, how far back would you need to reach?
Another question would be: have I shared my fellowship experiences with others? Our lives are like plants bearing fruit and seed. The fruit of the Spirit is what our lives should produce because of fellowship and the seed within the fruit comes from us sharing our fellowship experiences with others.
So, what should we do with this fellowship? Share it at work. Share it at home: even blog it on the media, but whatever you do, share it. By doing so, others may begin to experience the wonderful relationship with God that he so longs to have with them.