Psalm 133:1, Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Relationships can be enriched by exercising God’s Biblical design regarding relations with one another. Therefore, for the next several days, we will be discussing a ten-part series focusing of building blocks to strengthening relationships. Each day we will be concentrating on a different source.
It is no mystery that many people today, even we believers, struggle with relational problems. Consider for a moment all the people you encounter every day and you will realize how common these problems are. Just this week you may have heard the complaints of a friend who recently argued with their spouse because they have different expectations for their relationships. Or a co-worker who has ridiculed the supervisor over a disagreement concerning how something should be done. Regrettably, it is almost an everyday occurrence to hear of people in quarrels, insults, and disagreements.
Unfortunately, even believers have relational problems. Christians who know God personally lack a Biblical understanding concerning building healthy relationships with one another. Today we are witnessing the relationships between Christians behaving more like the relationships between non-Christians.
The good news is that we do not have to approach relational problems the same way unbelievers do. We have the Word of God to instruct us in building healthy relationships. The Bible gives us a precise view of God, ourselves and others laying the foundation for building Biblical relationships. God is the architect and His Word is the blueprints.
It is imperative that we understand that we must have God as the center, or the cornerstone, in this building program. Since God is our Creator and the Creator of relationships going back to the garden (Genesis 2), He is concerned about our relationships. As we practice relational relationships, we demonstrate our love of God through our love of others (I John 3:11, 23; 4:7, 11-12).
May this series enrich relationships regarding marriage, co-workers, family, community and so on. Tomorrow, we will begin with the first building block. Visit this site each day for another building block.
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Prayer, Father in heaven, You have searched me and known me. You do know my thoughts from afar. You are acquainted with all my ways. Speak to me regarding my relationship with You and with others and help me to grow. In Jesus name, Amen.
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