The power of uplifting conversations…

enjoyable conversation

Just got back home from a wonderful time with friends and family over the Christmas-New Year’s holiday. Always enjoy those times… especially when we have the opportunity to move past superficial conversations and “small talk” and share with each other at a genuine “heart level” about the things of the Lord. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having simple, pleasant, wholesome conversation with friends (and I hope I’m not “so heavenly minded that I’m no earthly good!). But there is something incredibly uplifting about “heart-to-heart conversations” about the things of the Lord!
Even Apostle Paul craved this kind of mutual interchange… This is what he said, “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the whole world. God, whom I serve in my spirit…is my witness that I continually remember you and I always ask in my prayers, if perhaps now at last I may succeed in visiting you according to the will of God. I long to see you, so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, this is, that we may be mutually comforted by one another’s faith, both yours and mine.” (Romans 1:8-12 The NET Bible)
It takes a little effort, some risk and vulnerability, but why not move a conversation with a Christian friend (or better, a non-Christian seeker) beyond the surface level of just interests, hobbies, restaurants, favorite foods (or even diets) to the things of the Lord? (A conversation can begin with those things – but certainly with fellow Christians they shouldn’t get stuck there!)
Give it a try and I think you’ll discover what Apostle Paul discovered (and so have I)… You’ll have an opportunity to “impart some spiritual gift to strengthen them – and you’ll be mutually comforted by each others faith – both yours and theirs.”

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