TV’s break, we buy a new one. Dinner’s coming, get out the paper plates. Engines today are so computerized it’s no longer a simple thing to work on your own car. Best to always keep a new one in the garage so mechanical problems are never an issue.
Any more we do the same thing with relationships. There are so many people in our immediate community. When a problem develops why waste time trying to fix the old relationship when it’s so easy and exciting to go out and find a new one? Someone offends you at church? No sweat. There’s another church down the street. Problem solved. Your kid doesn’t get to be a starting player on their ball team? What’s wrong with that coach? Let’s switch teams. Your boss is a jerk. Your coworkers are idiots. Even in a bad economy I’ll bet you can find a better place to work. Your marriage doesn’t feel like happily-ever-after? It must be time to trade in this family for a new one.
The most difficult and most significant thing you will ever do is learn to have healthy relationships.
Here are 5 ideas to help build lasting, healthy relationships.
- Be quick to forgive.
- Be quick to repent.
- Give the benefit of the doubt.
- Boldly speak the truth in love.
- Value relationships more deeply than your own rights or opinions.
Philippians 2:3-4, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”