Relationships with no Secrets and no Condemnation
We need relationships of no secrets – where in the sacred bond of grace, with no condemnation, we tell our complete stories. Our stories include our failures, struggles, and temptations. Our deepest desire is to be truly known – with all our faults – yet still be accepted, loved, forgiven, and believed in – this is what Christ offers all of us. The need for unconditional love is part of our DNA – it is what we were created to receive. If we are not truly known, it is impossible for us to feel truly loved. It is important to be loved not for what we have done, but for who we are under the covering of Christ’s blood. When our true identity in Christ is called out, believed in, and fought for by another man of God, then Evil loses its grip.
The long and brutal assault against us
It’s hard to know how to fight for each other if we do not share how Satan attempts to take us out. By sharing our most shameful stories with our close brothers and telling about the lies that confront us, we arm our brothers with the information they will need to know how to pray and fight for us. We also will be encouraged by sharing our battle stories, because as we compare our stories we will see that we all are being attacked with lies from the Enemy. But we also will recognize that God is clearly by our sides – that He will never abandon us – for He is “with us always!” The Rescuer always comes! Often, God uses our brothers as instruments of His rescue.
Satan wants to Divide and Conquer. Evil wants to discredit our noble purpose, turn us against each other through our pride, and thereby divide and conquer. And if divided, we would be defeated, for “Any kingdom at war with itself is doomed. A divided home is also doomed.” (Luke 11:17) Satan will use jealousy, envy, and a judgmental attitude to separate us. Evil knows that if we unite, we will be overcomers and defeat the enemy with the power of Christ. The Bible teaches that in the end, the Saints overcome and defeat the enemy by “the blood of the lamb, the word of their testimonies, and they were not afraid to die.” (Rev. 12:11) We want to share our testimonies in the bond of sacred brotherhood, with the humility that we all need the redemption and grace that comes through the cross of Christ. The war against the world, flesh, and Satan is relentless. But together we will be overcomers – living in purity, truth, obedience, and unity so that we can be victorious warriors and Saints of our Living God.
WHY NOT BE SUCH A FRIEND FIRST? ... AND THEN YOU LIKELY WILL GET SUCH A FRIEND!
“... because of their Testimony …” (Rev. 12:11)
“Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it…. But no part is important on its own.” (1 Cor. 12, Msg.)
“We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers…” (1 John 3:16)
“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Eccl. 4:12)
“As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.” (Prov. 27:17)
“If another brother is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path…. Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:1-2)
“Don’t speak evil against each other, my dear brothers…. God alone, who made the law, can rightly judge among us. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to condemn your brother?” (James 4:11-12)
“Frodo wouldn’t have gone far without Sam.” (Frodo, Lord of the Rings)
Jesus said, “My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one.” (John 17:21)
“The Lord now chose … other disciples and sent them on ahead in pairs….” (Luke 10:1)