Five reasons why it’s important to have deep friendships and community connections // Episode 9

How are your friendships these days? Do you feel connected in your church? What about your workplace and your neighborhood? Are you invested in your community?

These relationships are hugely important in our lives. That’s why we’re digging into them in today’s podcast episode! Loving OTHERS well is the fourth pillar of this podcast, and today we will look at WHAT it means and WHY it is important in our every day lives. 

Who are these “other” people? These are the relationships outside of our homes, but they are people with whom we interact on a regular basis. They are our friends, our co-workers, our church family, our neighbors, and our community. 

We often get so caught up in our little bubbles… my family, my to-do list, my schedule, my marriage, my faith journey… that we put these other relationships on the back burner. 

Today, we’ll talk about why that’s a mistake – and then in our next episode (Episode 10), we’ll look at HOW to practically love others well.

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P.S. … if you find today’s episode helpful, you’ll also want to check out my Friendship Recommended Resources and the recommendations for Church & Community Life.

Episode Show Notes

Today, we dig into WHAT it means to love others well and WHY that matters in our everyday lives. 

(But really, you’ll get so much more from listening to the whole episode!)

WHAT it means to love others well: Developing and investing in relationships with our…

  • Friends
  • Church
  • Workplace
  • Community 

WHY is it important to love God well? We’ll look at five reasons:

  • It is an act of obedience to God.
  • Jesus and the early church model this in their everyday lives. 
  • We are God’s ambassadors.
  • We are blessed as our community is blessed.
  • These relationships give us helpful counsel, fun, encouragement, and more.  

Want to grow in these relationships? Check out Episode 10 for HOW to love others well. And in the meantime, you’ll find these recommended resources helpful:

Resources for Friendship

Resources for Church & Community Life

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As a disclaimer: I am a licensed therapist but this podcast is not therapy. It is not personal advice to your specific situation. If you believe professional counseling may be helpful for you in this season of life, you may find this article on the Love Your People Well website helpful.