Consider these Five Spiritual Needs as the GSP to living the worthy live and developing intimacy with others:
By Ernie Heavin
Sitting in a prison cell you wouldn’t think someone would remotely care about the needs of others, let alone come up with this incredible wisdom for relationships. However, in Colossians 1:9-14 we read of the Five Spiritual Needs required for building intimacy with one another (in this case, the church of Colossians). Consider these Five Spiritual Needs as the GSP to living the worthy live and developing intimacy with others:
Endurance: Life is tough and certainly not fair (Paul is innocent and in prison). And sometimes it’s all you can do to bear with other people. Praying for spiritual endurance allows us to be able to take a few steps back and take a deep breath as we develop….
Patience: It was said of Jesus that He was/is so patient with people that even while others would be tempted to lose their cool He would not fight, shout or raise His voice in public. So gentle is He that even when we are at our most fragile moments, He would not crush the weakest reed or put out a flicking candle (Matthew 12:18-21). Of course, in order to obtain this kind of fortitude we need…………….
Power from the Holy Spirit: Actually, the question isn’t whether the miraculous activity of the Holy Spirit exists today, but rather, do we still have access to that power and Romans 8:9-11 answers that question with a resounding, YES! It is this power from the Spirit that someone even in prison instructs us to learn and practice in all situations to be………
Thankful: Romans 1:21 teaches us that there are two factors for denying or distancing ourselves from God: refusing to honor God or thank Him. This is why people become futile in their thinking or reasoning process and become hard hearted in relationships as well. When you’re not thankful, you’re bitter and bitterness is toxic in any relationship which is why we so desperately need to pray for….
Forgiveness: Thus the old adage speaks volumes, “forgiven, therefore, forgiving.” If there is anything that we must learn is that we cannot be right with God and wrong with people. An unforgiving person is a vindictive individual and a vindictive spouse or significant other will never have the peace and security he or she so desperately needs and desires.