Do you truly appreciate those around you?


This week, we have a guest writer here on the Monday Meal. You know him as the guitarist for In Him. He needs no further introduction, so here to present his thoughts on appreciating others is my Dear husband Andy.

“It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.” (Phillipians 1:7-8)

In the above passage of scripture, Paul tells the church in Philipi that he cares for them regardless of their situation. He also knows that they care for him just the same. Just like Paul, we are to tell those around us that we care for and appreciate them. Appreciating everyone we know helps build a bond that with God’s love, protection, and power can not be broken. It helps spread the good news about Jesus and what he did for us on the cross.
Another reason we should tell others we appreciate them is because every member of the body of Christ is important. As it shows in 1 Corinthians 12:21-26, the body of Christ cannot function without each of its members.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,
24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it,
25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

I know it’s not easy to tell somebody what you think or feel about them, but we need to step up and do it. We would normally think it would be harder telling someone something negative, or something constructive that they might not want to hear. Actually, it’s the other way around. It is probably harder to tell them something you feel or think is good about them. The main reason for this is the Devil is trying to go against you wanting to build bonds with others. He wants to break down anything and everything he can get a hold of. Here is something we can all do to be involved in appreciating the people we know and love. Ultimately, we need to tell people we care about them and appreciate them as soon as we can, after it comes to mind. Ask God to help and guide you in this. Remember, don’t let the Devil steal your care and appreciation for others. Pray that God would help you in this truth, and pray that others would be able to do the same.

I encourage you to take some time this week, and let someone know you appreciate them. It could be through a note, a phone call, or face-to-face. Whatever it is, try to find one or maybe even a few things that you could focus on that you appreciate about that person.
Is there any way we could pray for you? Is there someone you have a hard time expressing your appreciation for? Is there someone you have a hard time appreciating? Do you maybe take those around you for granted?
Please feel free to let us know how we could pray for you!
Leave your prayer requests and/or feedback by calling our comment line at: (206) 984-4842.

Andy – In Him

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January 15, 2008. The Monday Meal.

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