Nurturing Relationships in His Light
Tuesday, 23rd of January 2024
187 139 1256
Relationships, the core of human interaction, are not immune to trials. Like delicate flowers in a garden, they require constant care and nurturing. A great man once said, "Relationships never die a natural death. They are murdered by ego, disrespect, selfishness, and disloyalty." This painful truth echoes through the pages of history and scripture, reminding us of the fragile nature of human connections.
The Bible has a lot to say about maintaining and strengthening relationships. In Ephesians 4:2-3, Paul the Apostle advises, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” This scripture underscores the importance of humility, patience, and love – virtues that counteract the ego and disrespect that often erode relationships.
Selfishness, another relationship assassin, is addressed in Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” This scripture calls for selfless love, a love that seeks the well-being of others, echoing the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ, who demonstrated selflessness throughout His life and ministry.
The friendship between David and Jonathan in the Bible is a shining example. Despite the complicated political and family dynamics, their friendship remained steadfast, which is evidence of their loyalty and mutual respect towards one another. In 1 Samuel 18:1-3, we see a bond that transcends personal gain, “Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself... Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.” This incident underscores the value of loyalty in relationships.
Disloyalty, the final blow to many relationships, is starkly portrayed in the story of Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16). This act of betrayal, driven by greed and disloyalty, led to one of the most pivotal moments in Christian history – the crucifixion of Christ. The aftermath of this betrayal serves as a sobering reminder of the destructive power of disloyalty in relationships.
To counteract these negative forces, the Bible encourages forgiveness and reconciliation. Colossians 3:13 teaches, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” This scripture highlights the healing power of forgiveness and the importance of reconciliation in mending strained relationships.
As a great man once wisely stated, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” If you want healing in your relationships, then practising humility, selflessness, loyalty, and forgiveness will build stronger bonds and deepen understanding.
Heavenly Father, grant us the strength to nurture our relationships with humility, selflessness, and loyalty. Help us to forgive as You forgave, and guide us in Your light to build bonds of love and understanding. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Most Read● Grace Upon Grace
● Lessons from the Life of Judas -2
● Day 21: 40 Days Fasting & Prayer
● God So Loved That He Gave
● Wisdom and Love as Motivators
● 21 Days Fast: Day #7
● How to Bring Lasting Changes in Your Life -2