Bible Verse: Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort… 2 Corinthians 1:7

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11

We like to approach others from a position of strength. We like to have it all together and to create good impressions. We like leaders who are strong and impressive.

What happens when we’re not strong, and when we begin to share our sufferings rather than just our strength? We start to build relationships with others who are hurting too. Our hurts are a great connecting point with others.

We like to build relationships around our strengths. God works differently. He often helps us build relationships through our weaknesses.

George Guthrie says, “Through sharing with another person our pain, our own limitations, or our needs and hopes, we extend an offer: ‘Hear me. Embrace me. Help me. Walk with me, and allow me to walk with you in community.’”

One of the most powerful things you can do to build relationships is by being honest about your suffering. It’s far more powerful than pretending that you’re strong.

Ask people to share in your sufferings, so they can also share in your comfort. Ask people for prayer. It’s a hard thing for guys to do, but it may be one of the most powerful things you can do to build authentic relationships.

Darryl Dash, founding pastor of Liberty Grace Church in Toronto, ON

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