This week on the podcast, Alison & guest host Becky talk with Gabe, Delta Upsilon from SDSU, and Sarah, Delta Gamma from Indiana State. They’re talking all about how to talk with your brothers/sisters about your faith and lifestyle decisions. They’re asking the question, how do I talk about my relationship with God and not make it weird?
In the episode, Sarah and Gabe share stories of how they navigated this as new members and how that evolved as they got older. A common theme that really stands out is the importance of their relationships with their brothers and sisters. They didn’t go into every situation thinking they would need to defend their faith or lifestyle, but those conversations came up because they were living differently and people noticed. They wanted to explain it well because they loved their brothers and sisters. They wanted to make sure that was known and that their brothers and sisters didn’t feel judged for making different choices than they did.
Be sure to listen to the episode to hear more, then use this short devotional to consider how you currently talk about your relationship with God with your brothers or sisters.
1 Corinthians 13:1-7
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Questions to Consider
What do you think it would look like to be a “resounding gong or a clanging cymbal” in your Greek organization?
Consider your current relationships with brothers/sisters - would you say that love is a defining characteristic of them? If not, how would you describe it?
Is anything currently holding you back from extending love to other members of your Greek organization? What would it look like for it to not hold you back anymore? What is one step you could take towards that?