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Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Welcoming Influence

November 16th, 2022

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is to be a welcoming influence.

This is what Jesus did with the crowds that came to see Him. Luke 9:11 says that as the crowds followed Jesus, He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

Jesus came to the world to engage us in conversation and to teach us about the kingdom of God.

His example shows us the value of rolling out the welcome mat to invite others into meaningful conversation. We will learn a lot in those conversations and have opportunity to be an influence for Christ as we share the reason for our hope with gentleness and respect.

Near the end of his life, Paul the Apostle lived in a rented house. Acts 28:30 says that for two whole years, he “welcomed all who came to see him. Boldly and without hindrance, he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Being a Welcoming Influence is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk


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