This is a stunning way to approach relationships. And it should be our approach to all we meet, not just friends and family.
Do they know I am on their side? Do they know I am working with them? Am I reasonable? Am I fair minded? Am I charitable?
What about that homeless person begging for money? Do they know I am on their side when I just ignore them? What about the cashier that is working for me?
It is simple but I am guessing not everyone I meet gets that.
And … it is not their fault if they don’t. God forbid they think I am against them. I’m sure, to my embarrassment, that it happens. I need to ask myself, and perhaps them, what can I do to help?
May I show my love by being on the side of my friends, family and everyone I meet.
Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! (Philippians 4:4-5 The Message)