By Adeyemi Agbelusi
“[Jesus] said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me’” (Matthew 26:38)
Life is full of relationships and our management of those around us is key to a stress free life.
Did you know Jesus had a small group of friends ? Read the Gospels, and you’ll realize Jesus did just about everything with his small group—those He called to be his closest disciples.
It reveals one of the seven stress-management principles of Jesus. Here are five we’ve already discussed:
- Identification: Know who you are
- Motivation: Know whose approval you are living for
- Vocation: Know your calling
- Concentration: Focus on what matters most
- Meditation: Listen to God
The sixth principle is COLLABORATION. If you want to reduce your stress, you need to get in a small group.
You were never intended to handle the stress of life by yourself. God wants you to share it with others.
You’ve probably heard this statement: If you need to get something done right, do it yourself.
That’s a recipe for stress—not success!
It’s not what Jesus did. The very first thing Jesus did in his ministry was to form a small group. He knew God intended we live in community, so he lived out that truth.
Jesus turned to His Apostles during the most stressful night of His life. When Jesus knew He would be arrested in Garden of Gethsemane, the night before He went to the cross, He didn’t go alone. He took his small group with him.
The Bible says, “[Jesus] said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me’” (Matthew 26:38)
Jesus didn’t need his small group’s advice. He didn’t need their words of comfort. He just needed their presence.
If Jesus benefited from a small group of close friends, imagine all the ways you can benefit, too! We all need good relationships to face the stress of life. Apart from social media and WhatsApp groups, we need real people to talk and share with as we go along the highway of life.
- How have relationships helped you deal with stress in your life?
- If you’re not in solid relationships with other people, how can you grow a circle of close friends to support you?
- What are some ways you can help other people in your life shoulder some of their stress?
Prayer: Lord, help me to identify and support my self with true and sincere friends, family and supportive people. Remove every toxic and deceitful person around me and surround me with peaceful and faithful people in Jesus name. Amen
(C) Adeyemi Agbelusi