Keys to Successful Relationships

Imagine being successful in 10 easy steps. We desire simplicity, little effort and big payoffs.  The truth is, having a great relationship requires much more than 10 easy steps.  AND it is not super simple or nice and tidy in the process, no matter how hard you try to make it so.

However, God really does give us all that we need to have successful relationships, if we would only be willing to seek it out with all of our hearts.  Yes, we can read and attempt to apply what the Bible has laid out on marriage, but if we are attempting to do this apart from the Spirit of God, we are not nearly as effective and perhaps even discouraged.  So before we continue, let us pray:

Heavenly Father, we seek your wisdom, guide us into all truth; lead us in the way we should go with regard to our relationships, especially those who are married.  I ask that you strengthen each marriage represented by your Power; that you will act upon us to have the ability to receive your guidance.

Keys to Successful Relationships

Ephesians 5 – Love and Respect

1 Corinthians 13 – Love

1 Peter 3 – Husbands and Wives / Doing Good

These are some starting points to successful relationships.  Above all we must forgive as Christ forgave us (Matthew 6:12-15). Oh, I know that is not easy and there are many great resources if you are facing a breach in trust in a relationship. One is Suzy Eller’s The Unburdened Heart: Finding the Freedom of Forgiveness.

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV

Begin with the most intimate relationship you have and seek ways to make it even more successful as you seek wisdom from God’s word and power and leading from His Spirit.

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