the best of YED: vol. I, relationships

“I have about 10 pages of inspirational chicken scratch, maybe I’ll pick my favorite points and expand on them. an advice column. yeah, that would be live.”

Turns out it was 12 pages.

I don’t know if this counts as an advice column (not sure if I’ve ever read one tbh), but more reflections started as 2 pages and turned into almost 2,000 words. To avoid turning my YED notes into a dissertation, I made a game plan.

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If I stick to it, there will be four volumes. Each one is focused on a specific topic, but they’ll flow into each other (think of more reflections as the intro to all of this):

I. relationships

II. before you start

III. guidance

IV. as you’re going

The main points from the Summit are underlined, bolded, and numbered. They’re also bigger. If you just want some takeaway points from YED, there you go. But for everything else, assume I took the messages and ran with them.

I’ve been doing this long enough for y’all to know what to expect, but I hope you’re ready for a lot of intricate analogies and Bible verses!

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(com)pati-, pt.490

‘ “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. ‘

MATTHEW 5:7 

 

Welcome back to the Pati Path! I know it’s been awhile, so if you need a thorough recap, check out parts 1 and 2! Otherwise, here’s a quick summary:

  • pati is a Latin word that means to suffer
  • the word “compassion” comes from the roots “com” and “pati”, and literally means to suffer with
  • the word “patience” also has the root “pati”, and can translate to suffering without getting angry and upset
  • through the Holy Spirit, we have the power to display true compassion and patience, to bear good fruit

With all this mind, let’s look at these words in action in Matthew 18:

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what’s in your Samaria? pt.1

Ready for a pit stop? Jesus was.

John 4 tells us all about the story of Jesus with the woman at the well, so if you need a refresher, check out my last post!

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4:4

Hey bbys! (Vessels? Readers? Visitors? Y’all? SOS)

Taking a quick detour from the Pati Path to head tooo… Samaria!

The inspiration for this journey came during a prayer meeting. I was sitting on the couch with my favorite fuzzy blanket (gotta love Mott House), waiting for a profound thought to hit me, and the first thing that came to mind was “John… 4… 4”. Excited, I pull up my Bible app just to see, “And He had to pass through Samaria.”. Didn’t sound too ground-shaking, so I started checking other translations. NKJV, “But He needed to go through Samaria.”. NLT,  “He had to go through Samaria on the way.”. AMPC, “‘It was necessary for Him to go through Samaria.”.

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got fruit?

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV

 

Are you bearing good fruit? If not, you probably need to be pruned.

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