Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Spirit of Active Relational Christian Mentoring

Whether we have been a Christian for a short period of time or for years, for most of us, there have been times when we needed a little Christian mentoring. Even long-time believers can need help in growing closer to the Lord. ARCM is where Christians can help each other and help both new and long-time believers develop a closer walk with the Lord. We may also just need some type of support, comfort, or knowledge along the way. ARCM can provide that as well. For, the Spirit of ARCM is one of generosity and compassion.

With Christian mentoring, we can all work together as a unit or single body of believers to help each other in our spiritual growth. We can help each other through the difficult times too. So, whether we are mentoring girls, young women, or mature women, we can each do our part for the body of Christ. For, the Bible tells us that “Each of us finds our meaning and function as part of His body.” – (Romans 12: 5. The Message.)  As part of Christ’s body, we are to show loving kindness by helping others. Within our spirit of generosity and compassion, we can find our purpose or function here on earth as one of God’s ambassadors. So whether it is giving someone emotional support, encouragement to reach out in life, help to learn a new skill, or a friend who cares, we can be that Christian who shows compassion, love, and generosity of heart.

Living a Christ-like life and fellowshipping with other Christians through ARCM is also a wonderful way to communicate and fellowship with the Lord. For, it is through prayer with the Father that the Holy Spirit shows us what we can do for our mentees. At the same time, we grow more spiritually mature as we listen to the Holy Spirit and study the Scriptures. Our lives can become more Christ-like when we become mentors in service to the Lord. However, it is through our Salvation that we are enabled to become like Christ. For the word, “Christians” means we are to be “little Christs”. In fact, “God knew what He was doing from the very beginning. He decided at the outset to shape the lives of those who love Him along the same lines as the life of His Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity He restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in Him.” – (Romans 8: 29. The Message).

In developing mentoring relationships based on a Christ-like lifestyle, we can further the ideals and values of the Kingdom of God. But, God knew that it would be hard for us to live the Christ-like life that He intended for us. For, the world and its enticements are always there to tempt us away from God's Truth. That is why Christ sent the gift of the Holy Spirit to be with believers all the time. For, it is the Holy Spirit, dwelling within Christians, who helps us produce and obtain even more of Christ’s character. So, if we listen to and obey the directions of the Holy Spirit we can become more Christ-like every day. In fact, the Apostle Paul said, “ … as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory even more.” – (II Corinthians 3: 18. NLT). However, we must listen and obey the Holy Spirit if we want to become more like Christ. By living a life that follows the teachings of Christ, we are not only bettering ourselves, but we are giving the rest of the world something to think about. Listening to the Holy Spirit’s guidance will also help us in our Christian mentoring of other women.

Christian mentors will have many different relationships with their different mentees. They may all be good, kind and caring relationships. But, the relationship we have with Jesus Christ is the most wonderful relationship of all. It is sweet, joyous, soul warming, and beautiful in so many ways. Sharing the joy of the Good News with others, even when mentoring on different topics and in different ways, can grow and empower other women in their relationship with Christ. We are all to be Christian mentors to one another; helping each other become the best Christian and follower of Christ that we can be. In order to do so, we need to carry the Spirit of ARCM with us every day. It is a Spirit of Christ-likeness, generosity and compassion. It is the Spirit of the Lord, the Holy Spirit, who will direct us in our relationships, if we allow Him to do so. You can do it! You can be Christ’s ambassador through your mentoring relationships with other women.

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