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Building a Relationally Healthy Church –

How to Care Like Jesus

 23 February 2024

To the Amazing CLIC family

As we step into the first week of 40 Days of Courageous Living, we are warmly invited by the Lord to deepen our relationship with Him. This special season of prayer and fasting is a divine opportunity for each of us to be transformed from the inside out. It’s a journey towards becoming more Christ-like.

Today, I want to share with you about how to care like Jesus. It’s important to remember, Jesus showed us that true caring isn't always about the big, dramatic moments; it's found in the quiet support, the heart-to-heart connections, the gentle words, and those small acts of kindness that really let people know you’re there for them.

It is physically impossible to care for everyone in a church, but everyone can care for someone. That’s the beauty of being part of a small group. It’s where we can share our highs and lows, laugh and pray together, and really be there for one another. Jesus loved these small gatherings, and it’s easy to see why. They’re where we can truly care for each other, knowing everyone’s name and what’s on their hearts. It’s our little haven of love and support, right within the church.

Have you ever had someone come to mind unexpectedly, and then find that thought lingering with you throughout the day? Perhaps, that’s the Holy Spirit giving you a gentle nudge. Maybe it’s to make a call, send a text, or simply pray for that person. These spontaneous acts of kindness, inspired by the Holy Spirit, have the potential to change a person's life. It’s amazing how a simple “Hey, I’m thinking of you” or “Hey, I am praying for you” can lift someone’s spirits. Let’s be open to these nudges, showing we care in the most unexpected ways.

When we gather to worship on Sunday, it's another perfect opportunity to show the love of Jesus through our simplest acts. Notice someone sitting alone? Join them, share a smile, and reassure them they’re in good company. Spot someone who seems a little lost or disconnected after the service. A gentle conversation might be just the uplift they need. And if you see a new face in the crowd, why not extend a warm hello and welcome them into our church family? These small gestures of kindness can make a big difference, helping to create a space where everyone feels cared for and connected.

Imagine our church as a place where the love of Jesus shines through ordinary folks like you and me. Picture every Sunday and small group feeling like coming home to family, where kindness is just what we do, and everyone feels seen and cherished. Let’s open our doors and hearts wide, making sure nobody’s left feeling on the outside. And if the Holy Spirit nudges you with someone’s name, let’s not hesitate to make their day a bit brighter.

We might not be there just yet, but I believe with all my heart that through Christ, anything is possible. He’s shaping us, transforming us. God is love, and when we ask Him, He fills us with His love until it overflows. That’s when we can truly start caring for each other the way Jesus does. I can see it happening, I feel it stirring in my heart. Join me to pray that we can truly become a spiritually and relationally healthy church, for the glory of God.

With the love of Christ,