"If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand."
Let's continue thinking about that idea of deep-spirited friendships today. (Remember that deep-spirited friendships are soul friends - people who understand and resonate with you.) Yesterday, we thought about how having Jesus at the center of those friendships can make them deep-spirited. But aside from having Jesus at the center of those relationships, Kathy and Diana suggested that we can build deep-spirited friendships through risk taking.
When we take risks with others - whether it's a risk one person takes in order to share more of themselves with a friend or a risk you take together to step into some new adventure - it gives depth and strength to the roots of your relationship. Risk taking requires trust, and trust is an integral part of deep-spirited friendship.
So what is a risk you might take with a friend today? It might be a small risk, or it might be an enormous one. Are you ready to step out and take it in order to build the deep-spirited friendships Paul calls us to seek with each other?