Text: Ephesians 5.21
Loving, serving, accepting, and instructing each other are necessary elements for a small group to be successful. But receiving this kind of love can be challenging. Sometimes people in small groups think their group doesn’t do enough for them. And sometimes group members are uncomfortable with others knowing their business and helping them.
The Bible teaches us to “submit to one another out of reverence to Christ” (Ephesians 5.21). In other words, we need to want to be like Christ so much, we’re willing to receive his love through the serving and teaching of those in our small group. In love we’re to both give and receive warnings, encouragement, and help.
Take some time with God and ask him to show you where you land in the area of receiving from your small group. Maybe you take advantage of your group, feeling entitled to get their help with every need you have. Maybe you’re unwilling to receive their help or instruction out of pride. Listen to the words of the song “Keep Making Me” by Sidewalk Prophets, that encourage us to welcome godly change with openness and gratitude.