Having Friends To Lift You Up – January 18, 2017
Ecclesiastes 4:9, Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
1 John 4:19, We love, because He first loved us. 20If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
At Cottonwood Creek, I am currently teaching a series titled, “Life Matters More When You Honor God.” Last Sunday’s message highlighted the importance of relationships. One of the reasons God created us for relationships is because He knew there would be times when we were down, discouraged and ready to quit. Read Ecclesiastes 4:9, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
Let’s be honest, we all fall down. Sometimes we fall down because we live in a difficult world. Life throws us a curveball or places an obstacle in our paths. Other times we fall down because we mess up. We make choices that hurt us and those around us. The key to lasting success in life is always having someone there to help you up when you fall or you being the one who helps someone else up after they fall. So today, if you know someone who is down, help them up. Or, if you have fallen, seek help and let others invest in you. After all, that’s the Bible way!
If you feel alone today- get into a lifegroup at Cottonwood Creek- These are different groups that meet at different times going through different stages and phases of life, but they are doing life together.
Lifegroups that meet on the Cottonwood Creek Campus: link
Lifegroups that meet in homes: link
Think about it and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D