What is the Impact of Relationship on Spiritual Growth?
In the fall of last year, my mom and sisters and I embarked on a weekly bible study. Sometimes, my daughter also joins. It took me a while to realize that we had started a multi-generational bible study. It took me even longer to realize the significance of what a multi-generational bible study meant.
The first book we decided to walk through was “How People Grow” by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. The book walks through the importance of relationship in growing spiritually. What we have found in doing the study together is that they are right, relationships are key to growth. One of things the book asks you to do is take a long look at your own life and begin to understand your sin patterns. As my sisters and I have walked through this with our mother, we have come to realize that our sin is generational and we all tend to struggle with the same core sins. What we have also come to realize is that walking through them together is better. We have all known each other for a really long time and we get each other, deeply. Doing so helps us to see things in each other that others may not.
One of the things we are working on is to be more honest with each other and help each other grow rather than stagnate. Just the other day in our study we went around and told each other one thing we were doing well and one thing we were still struggling with in our lives. Rather than feeling put down or exposed, I felt surrounded by love and support. It was amazing.
The connections were are making, even now in the middle of our lives, are truly amazing. The ability to see how much we need each other and to respond to that need in turn, is powerful. We encourage you to actively seek to study God’s truth with your children and grandchildren. God’s power is exponential when sought together.
Contributed by Liz Hunt