Rev Cheong Yew Kwong
March 11, 2018
Developing Good Relationships with One Another
When you need others to pray for you, you expect them to have faith to pray. You also expect them to pray for your good outcome. For example, if you approach the pastor, prayer leader, or members in the church, to pray for you regarding a certain situation you may receive 3 responses: a) they may feel like praying for you b) they may feel neutral about praying for you c) they don’t feel like praying for you.
When they feel like praying for you, it means their faith has been activated and energised by their love for you. God’s love is to do good, to see that you have good success and be prosperous, and have good health. If others have love for you, they really want to see you succeed and be prosperous, have good health, and have a good family. This is the love of God. The Heavenly Father loves us, He will definitely not do us harm. More than that, the Father wants to see us have good success in everything. This is the Father’s unfailing love translated into reality.
Likewise when others love you with the Father’s love, they want the same for you. This love for you will energise and activate their faith to pray for you. Their faith will be operative because they want to do good and see good in every aspect of your life. But you have a major part to play as to whether others want to see good things happen in your life.
But if you are a believer who is insubmissive, uncooperative, lazy and refuse to serve in the church, and does not want to be involved in serving or attending any prayer or cell group, you may not get the same response. In reality, there is no real love for you because you did not take the time to fellowship with others to develop a deeper relationship with them. They won’t hate you, but their attitude towards you will be neutral. Hence there is no real concern for you and their faith is not activated or energised to pray for you. They will pray for you out of duty.
What you do will determine whether others care for you or not. Building relationships with others in the church is important for you. For faith is energised by love.