31 Days of Loving Well: Grow


//Am I promoting or stifling the growth of the people I love?

According to the website, gardeningknowhow.com, plants need the following things to grow: water and nutrients, air and soil, light and temperature, space and time. (I think the same applies to people).

Water and Nutrients. Proverbs 18:21 informs us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. This truth is translated in the Message version as, “Words kill, words, give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” The words I speak to my loved ones will either harm them or produce life in them. There is no in-between.

Air and Soil. Can my loved ones breathe in our relationship or are my moods so fickle that they feel as if they have to hold their breaths and walk on eggshells around me? Trust is the foundation, the soil, so to speak, in which relationships grow. I must be trustworthy.

Light and Temperature. The Voice translation of Luke 11:33-36, tells us “You need a light to see…. Listen, your eye, your outlook, the way you see is your lamp. If your way of seeing is functioning well, then your whole life will be enlightened. But if your way of seeing is darkened,// then your whole life will be a dark, dark place. So be careful, people, because your light may be malfunctioning. If your outlook is good, then your whole life will be bright, with no shadowy corners, as when a radiant lamp brightens your home.” I need to have the right outlook about my loved ones and let the Word of God be the thermostat that controls the “temperature” of my relationships.

Space and Time. I need to allow my loved ones the space and time to grow.

Abba, I need Your help to love my loved ones well.

This post was written for Day 17 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Grow.” The content within the brackets and outside of the double // were written after 5 minutes had elapsed. To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here.

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