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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fellowship and Accountability

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him 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

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:25

I lead a woman's Bible study. I have for quite a number of years now. Many different women have been involved with it through the years. Two have remained constant and faithful throughout each topic I taught. We are a small group, only four of us, but God has brought us together in such a unique way. We have drawn close to each other as we are open and share the struggles we each face.

We share a common bond of loving the Lord, and desiring to learn how to be more like Him. Studying His Word strengthen our ties to one another. I'm thankful for these women because we share so much laughter and joy when we meet, although there is a lot of that too! But more than that, we share fellowship and accountability. 

God has meshed our hearts in a way I've never seen with each of the groups I've led. I don't know if it's because we are all in need of each other, or what. But through this relationship I continue to learn of the importance of having accountability in my life. Someone to ask you those hard questions. Another woman who sees your actions and examples and loves you even when you fail. A person willing to come alongside you and carry the load you bare.

The scriptures written above remind us of this need to rely on other people. It can be a scary thing. At times you can get wounded. I believe we need to seek God's wisdom and be careful. It's hard to know when and who you can trust. But don't be afraid to step out in faith and let someone into your life when you feel God prompting you. Don't miss out on a potential blessing.

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