Bible Verse: “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” 1 Corinthians 12:26

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

At the best of times, men tend to be independent. When there is a problem, we like to go and fix it on our own. Social distancing is not much of a problem for this type of man because we are used to carrying the weight by ourselves. Most men do not have close friends they can rely on. Relational isolation has been normal for men for a very long time. In tense times like today, we tend to tighten the isolation even more by exclusively focusing on our own immediate family.

But relational isolation is not healthy for you or the people around you.

1 Corinthians 12 teaches us that God makes us part of a body of believers. In verse 21, we are taught that we cannot say that we do not need other people who are part of the body. Verse 26 makes it even clearer by saying that if one of us is suffering, we are all suffering. That’s how interdependent God created us to be.

Who around you is aware of all the challenges you are facing right now? How are you asking them for help? They may be God’s answer to your prayers. No, they won’t do it all perfectly, but neither will you.

This isn’t only about people helping you. You may be the answer to the prayers of others. I want to encourage you to intentionally connect with one other man each day to see how they are doing and how you can help them.

We need to be relationally connected with others – for our own benefit and for theirs. We are on the same team, and we need each other. This is God’s will for your life.

— Kirk Giles, President, Promise Keepers Canada

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