Healthy families were always the main place for true discipleship to take place. The Bible talks about “iron sharpening iron” in the book of Proverbs. (Proverbs 27:17)  God’s design is that our relationships with people make us better people. This will be most effective when we’re spending time with other disciples.  These relationships won’t be without trials, but even going through the trials will be beneficial for us.  The Bible also teaches us that bad company corrupts good people. (1 Corinthians 15:33)  By living in community (doing life) with other disciples we’ll be strengthened and be able to reach into the lives of “sinners” (bad company) in order to shine God’s light, and hopefully rescue them from the darkness they live in.  The things that we learn in the context of our godly relationships with other disciples also helps us overcome any negative habits and patterns we’ve learned from growing up in dysfunctional families that didn’t provide healthy and godly discipleship.

Declare this now:  Thank You God, for putting other disciples in my life that I can “do life” with, so that we can all grow into the fullness that You have planned for us.