Calvary greetings in the name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who has made it possible for us to come to the month of April. In this month, we shall be focusing on a topic that we are so passionate about – Building Better Relationships (BBR). We believe that as we go through this series The Almighty God will turn around our relationships be it marriage, family, friendships or at work. Remember, this is also our season of unusual miracles. Therefore, do expect a miracle in your relationships in Jesus name for our God is still a miracle working God.
By definition, a relationship is the way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected. The Oxford Dictionary further states that “a relationship is the way in which two or more people or groups of people regard and behave towards each other.” Interestingly, the Bible admonishes us to make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). To follow peace means we should not give indulgence to those passions which lead to unnecessary strife, litigation or conflicts. The Bible in Romans 14:19 states that, “let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
We are reminded of a few godly relationships in the Bible like the one that existed between Abraham and Lot, David and Jonathan; Naomi and Ruth and Paul and Timothy. In the case of Ruth and Naomi, we see a mutually beneficial relationship to the extend Ruth, a Moabite girl replied her mother-in-law after the death of her husband by saying “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God” (Ruth 1:16). In the case of Abraham and Lot, we find a family relationship where after a while, a conflict broke out and they had to separate (Genesis 13).
From the above we all can learn a lot of lessons. To every one of us, relationships have a great positive impact on our happiness, level of success, and overall well-being. Having healthy relationships means so much for every area of our life. Relationships offer us joy, love, and support in times of need. They also help us expand our aspirations and level of achievement through support, knowledge, and connections. Relationships can help us to grow and become better people or hinder our progress in life. May God help us to choose and bless our relationships carefully in Jesus name.
Among the several keys to a godly relationship are honesty, commitment, kindness, accountability etc. As believers, we should seek unity of the wider body of the kingdom even as we pursue our heavenly mandate (Psalm 133:1-3). Make Jesus Christ the centre of your relationships and let Him be your Lord and Saviour so that He can do great wonders in your life in Jesus Name.
Dr. Akpo Onduku
(Pastor, RCCG Chapel of Grace)
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