Close, open relationships are vital. A glib “Hi, how are ya” must be replaced with genuine concern.
The key term is assimilation. When I use the word here, I’m referring to people reaching out to one another.
Being absorbed in the function of the family of God as a participant (rather than a spectator)
. . . relating to
. . . working with
. . . caring for others whom I know and love.
As I read it over, I see written between the lines the reminder:
I am personally responsible.
So are you!
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.