Posted by: SandreS | October 17, 2015

Reciprocal Influence

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There are some two dozen “one another” verses in Paul’s letters. Those who are around us are there for a divine reason – God uses others, both positively and negatively, as part of His molding of our lives.

Positively, He uses aspects of someone’s life to awaken our hearts to something lacking in our own, and then He steadily develops it in us.

Negatively, He uses something in the life of another to move our hearts away from a certain trait, character or lifestyle – to purge something out of our life.

We are also in the lives of others as God’s influencing agent in them as well. He uses this divine placement of our lives reciprocally. Like stones in a rock tumbler, the stones actually are being used – mutually to each other – as a part of the polishing process in the midst of agitating circumstances, until a smooth, beautiful stone appears from an otherwise rough and ordinary rock.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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