I Long to See You . . .

I Long to See You . . .

It sounds like a line in a Valentine, doesn’t it? We can imagine a soldier penning “I long to see you” to his true love back home. In truth, these are words straight out of a love letter–a letter written by the Apostle Paul to “all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people.” The next part of the line reads, “so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong . . .”

I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong . . . Romans 1:11

The Bible study my husband is in recently spent some time on this verse. When I heard about their discussion, I was challenged by it as well. Challenged because I want to think this way! When I call a friend and say, “Let’s do lunch,” I’m thinking: 1.) It’ll be fun to catch up. 2.) I need to get out of the house! and 3.) I love being served food I didn’t have to cook.

How often do I consciously consider what “spiritual gift” I can impart to strengthen my friend’s faith? How often am I purposeful in asking God to show me what she needs–is it encouragement today? A reminder of a promise from scripture? Prayer? Or just listening?

The rest of Paul’s statement reads: “that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”

I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.

Over the years I’ve been blessed with many friends with whom, after we catch up, the conversation will just naturally turn to the deeper things in our hearts and we will encourage each other and pray together. I’m so grateful for this, but I want to be proactive. I want to start my day asking God to use me to impart blessings to every person I meet.

The dictionary defines “impart” as: to make known, tell, relate, disclose. Synonyms for impart include communicate, pass on, convey, transmit, tell, make known, and proclaim.
Most of us will be doing something special for someone special this Valentine’s Day. Whether we’re making heart-shaped cookies with our kids, writing cards, delivering flowers, watching grandchildren so our kids can go out, or sharing a candlelit dinner or a bowl of conversation hearts, how can we transmit a blessing or convey a spiritual truth?
My Valentine to you all is this challenge: Let’s be intentional with those we love–asking God to show us how we can impart some spiritual gift . . . along with the heart-shaped box of chocolates!

 

 

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Becky Melby About Becky Melby

Wisconsin resident Becky Melby is the author of the Lost Sanctuary Series and a dozen other contemporary fiction titles. Married for 43 years, mother of four, grandmother to fifteen, Becky thrives on writing, reading, camping, rides on the back of a silver Gold Wing, and time with family. Connect with her at her website or Facebook.

Comments

  1. Perfect reminder and challenge for every aspect of my life with others. Thanks, Becky

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  2. I love to get new insights from verses that have been read over and sometimes even skimmed over without really seeing the message. What a great reminder of finding ways to bless others. I am also a fellow “back-seat” rider on a bike, a smokey gold Harley.

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  3. Love how our Lord just keeps revealing new things to us!

    I confess a teensy but of envy, Barbara–Harley makes cool clothes! I love the comfort of our Gold Wong, but Honda doesn’t do fashion with bling!

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  4. Laurie Driesen says:

    Love this reminder Becky! I love the word “impart”. I’m going to remember that as I talk with people.

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  5. Almost forty years ago, when I was a brand new Christian, God gave me this verse as I debated whether to visit a high school friend in jail. Romans 1:11 sent me directly to jail, do not pass go! Blessings resulted.
    Why have I never made this verse part of my daily life? Shame on me! God has used your post to spur me to new attitudes and actions. Thank you!

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