We know that relationships are important to God. So much so that He made sure Adam had a helpmate so he would not be alone. Our Father cares about how we operate in our relationships. It can be husband and wife, parents and children, siblings, friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors. Basically anyone that you interact with. He calls on us to love one another as brothers and sisters, honor one another beyond what we would give ourselves, share with others who are in need, and possibly the hardest part, not repay with evil when someone hurts us. How do you handle relationships on your end? Do you build people up with your words, or do you tear them down? Are you kinder to people who can do something for you in return, or do you treat everyone with honor and respect? We must choose how we love and live with the people around us. Do you have relationships in your life that are unhealthy? Think through the people in your life and how you interact with them. Decide what is healthy and what needs to change to ensure your relationships are honoring to God. Sometimes we have to love from a distance. And in case you do not know what love is, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 instructs us.
“Love is patient and kind. It does not envy or boast, it is not proud. It is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on it is on way. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Sisters and brothers if we are not giving and receiving that kind of love in our relationships, then we are not doing what God has instructed us to do. Now that we know better, let us do better. Love and Blessings…
“9Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you live at peace with everyone.”