“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)
How to “S.T.I.R. up one another”? We aim to “Seek God”, and “Take action” in obedience. The action involves taking an Interest in and Intercede for one another.
Remember, it’s “Interest and Intercede”, not “Investigate and Interrogate”.
Imagine if you were disengaged from the church community, and you received a call from your small group leader to remind you gathering is this week, and he asked where you have been. The intention maybe noble, but the action is certainly unwise.
It’s often said that “I don’t care what you know, until I know that you care.”
Therefore when you call, call out of care and take an interest in the other person’s life, such as:
Care for others from their own interests, not your own. That way we can truly know how to genuinely intercede for them. If we start with our own interests, we’re only moving our agenda. Start from their interests, we express care and concern.
Let us practice wise counsel from James: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19).
Learn to listen to others – to their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Slow down on the temptation to give advice immediately/reactively. Most certainly, don’t jump into judgement and becoming angry when others seem uninterested in your care. If you just act in obedience and love, not expecting anything in return, you never know how the seeds you sow may bear fruit!
學習耹聽別人 - 了解他們身體、情感和靈性上的需要，控制自己不要過快或即時提供建議。當你對別人的關懷不被欣賞時，不要輕易發怒或下定結論。假若你的行動是以順服和愛心出發，不期望任何回報，那麼你播下的種子會如何結出果實就非你所能預料!