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Session 19

You have the power to love people wall

Read: Colossians 1:24-29

Have you ever stopped to think about how much more work we would have without modern-day conveniences? 

Without email, we’d have to hand write all correspondence, put it in a stamped envelope, and walk it to the mailbox. Without indicator lights in our cars, we’d have to check fluid levels regularly to keep our cars running. Without a dishwasher, we’d have to wash and dry every single dish by hand. Forget about having a dinner party. Who wants to do all that work? 

In each instance, we still take responsibility for some of the work — typing the email, loading the dishes, taking the car to the mechanic — but a lot of the work to complete the task is done for us.

The same is true when it comes to loving others. Loving people well isn’t always easy. Sometimes, it is hard work. But we don’t have to carry the load on our own. Paul writes,  “That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me” (Colossians 1:29). 

Jesus’ power in us gives us the strength to take that first bold step in telling our story or inviting a friend to church. When we’re exhausted and don’t think we can handle another conversation, we can draw on Jesus’ power in us to invest in relationships. It’s His power in us that keeps us praying for people, encouraging people, giving grace to people who are hard to love, and forgiveness to people when they mess up. 

While God works in our hearts to show us how to love His people, He also works in their hearts, opening their eyes to His great love for them. We’re not responsible for saving anyone, that’s God’s job. But He allows us to be a part of that process and empowers us love people well. 

Reflect:

  • Is there someone in your life that you can reach out to?
  • What kind of work is God asking you to do to love that person? Pray for God to give you strength for your role and to work in their hearts.

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Who does God say you are?

Who does God say you are?

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2

Worry less about being able and focus more on being available

Worry less about being able and focus more on being available

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3

What to do when everyone has an opinion about group

What to do when everyone has an opinion about group

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4

You can be patient, even when you don’t feel like it

You can be patient, even when you don’t feel like it

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5

Stop trying to do it all

Stop trying to do it all

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6

Why it’s important that you wrestle down your past

Why it’s important that you wrestle down your past

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7

What happens when we stop fighting back

What happens when we stop fighting back

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8

Annoyed? The solution starts with you

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9

Do we really need to worry about confession?

Do we really need to worry about confession?

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10

How to experience the freedom you long for

How to experience the freedom you long for

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11

God wants to speak to you and through you

God wants to speak to you and through you

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12

The best way to fight worthless talk

The best way to fight worthless talk

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13

Are you hearing from God? (And how to know if it’s God)

Are you hearing from God? (And how to know if it’s God)

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14

Who are you leading people to?

Who are you leading people to?

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15

Are you ready to protect your people?

Are you ready to protect your people?

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16

Everyone’s eyes are on you

Everyone’s eyes are on you

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17

The best way to lead others is to serve others

The best way to lead others is to serve others

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18

“Can I?” isn’t the best question

“Can I?” isn’t the best question

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You have the power to love people wall

You have the power to love people wall

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20

How to sacrifice like Jesus does

How to sacrifice like Jesus does

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21

Where to find rest for a weary soul

Where to find rest for a weary soul

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22

When you feel like you just can’t go any further

When you feel like you just can’t go any further

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23

What does a good shepherd do?

What does a good shepherd do?

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24

To care for the group, go after the one

To care for the group, go after the one

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25

Do you have what it takes?

Do you have what it takes?

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Why leaders are called to be shepherds

Why leaders are called to be shepherds

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How to know you’re a leader

How to know you’re a leader

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What does a thriving community look like?

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