I Samuel 20:16-17. “So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the Lord even require it at the hand of David’s enemies. And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul”.
People in every culture need relationships of intimate trust. Everyone needs friends with whom they can be open and reveal their deepest feelings. God created everyone to want to belong, to accomplish, to understand and be understood. He made us to need love, self-respect, meaning and purpose.
People enter our lives. Some stay for a moment; some a lifetime. We meet hundreds of people but only a few become intimate friends. Who do you love, and respect? Who has influenced your life most in the past year, five years or ten years? Who brings the most joy and meaning to your life besides the Lord Jesus Christ? What attracts you to these few special people?
God calls His sons and daughters to be joined to Himself and to one another. Men and women called to fulfill their purpose in ministry are called to involvement with people. People Matter. We are called to love not only God and His word, but also the people we serve in fulfilling our purpose or assignment.
Many saints cannot handle the process of loving, being hurt, forgiving, being repaired and restored, and making themselves vulnerable in relationships again. The child of God who suffers deep hurt and does not handle them biblically isolates himself or herself. He needs to find the source of strength and mending that only God can bring to his life or else he becomes vulnerable as a loner in the kingdom of God. To isolate yourself from people is dangerous and God will do all that is possible to prevent this from happening. People Matter and are important to God.
You were saved and called to serve and in serving you face the possibility of being misused, abused, offended and hurt. When you love “people” God’s way, you become most vulnerable to all kinds of attacks.
The prophet Isaiah said: “He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not” Isaiah 53:3. Because of Jesus’ deep love for us, He was vulnerable for these kinds of actions against Him.
Don’t be afraid to love and be in a relationship that your good may be evil spoke of. It is easy to use people to build things rather than using things to build people. “PEOPLE STILL MATTER”.
Because He Is – I Am