3 Ways to Build Fellowship with Gratitude and Respect

A family group pictureIn our busy lives, it’s easy to let fellowship fall by the wayside. But, it’s important to carve out time for friends and family – and other members of your church.

But, why is Christian fellowship so important? It offers a rare opportunity to connect with others who share your same spiritual values and belief system.

You might be surprised to learn that you can also cultivate those Christian relationships by simply fostering a more mindful approach in how you treat others with respect. In some ways, you might think of fellowship as the amount of time you spend with others. It’s also important to think about the quality of time spent, too.

If you’re thinking about building a stronger family unit and Christian community, here are a few strategies you might consider.

(1) Don’t judge their past.

Help them build a brighter future. No one is perfect and that is a given. You can demonstrate your respect by simply supporting their journey. During challenging times, don’t turn away. Instead, stand by their side. Show them that you have confidence in where they want to go. That is a powerful form of respect.

(2) Acknowledge their story by listening.

Sometimes the most powerful form of respect is delivered through active listening. Throughout the day, most people work hard to simply be heard. The next time you have a few minutes to chat with a loved one, simply be present. Don’t try to chime in at every pause in the conversation. Often times, you can demonstrate your respect by keeping an open mind and an open heart.

(3) Treat everyone with kindness.

You may not realize it, but you can touch the lives of so many people by offering the simple act of kindness and respect. You might not realize it, but the person in line at the grocery store or even a neighbor might be going through a personal challenge in their life. By offering a simple smile or a warm embrace, it just might make a profound difference in their day.

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