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Relationship Building Principle-Recognizing Others

August 13th, 2015

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from First Corinthians 12:21-23.

The church is compared to a body, with various functions of the body working together for a common purpose. Trouble begins when we start making comparisons with other parts of the body. If we respond with superior thoughts that we are more important than other parts, the unity breaks down. The Apostle Paul wanted to stop that from happening. This is what he said:

“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.”

When you think of the people in the body of Christ that you serve beside, who comes to mind? They have an important part of helping you to serve effectively. One way we can build that part of the body of Christ is by recognizing their contribution and showing our appreciation for what they do.

Recognizing the contributions of others is a vital relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.

John Shirk


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