20, October 2019

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Building Healthy, Fulfilling Relationships

‘There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.’ Proverbs 18:24 NIV

To fulfil God’s plan for your life, you need relationships with the right people, those who stick by you come what may. Remember Jonathan, who loved David even at the cost of his own life? And Ruth, who loved her mother-in-law Naomi and gave her a reason to live again?

God can introduce you to such people and help you build a relationship with them. Think about it: He wouldn’t say, ‘It is not good that man should be alone,’ (Genesis 2:18 NKJV) then ask you to live in isolation. Sometimes when you’re by yourself, you’re in the worst possible company! But you may need to be healed within before you can build healthy relationships and make healthy choices.

That means learning to differentiate between ‘using’ relationships and ‘heart ties’. Blood ties don’t wear as well as heart ties. Allow God to work on you and when you’re ready, He will facilitate the necessary introductions. In the meantime get to know Him better because He’s the source of true self-esteem. If your last relationship stripped you of self-worth and drained you spiritually, use this time to get back on your feet. You may never have this opportunity again! Begin to love like God loves. He sees our imperfections, handles our rejection, and loves us regardless. Knowing that will help you not to discard a good person because they did a bad thing.

Would you throw your car away because of a faulty part? If God forgave you the way you forgive others, could you stand? (see Psalm 130:3) Ask Him today to show you how to build healthy, fulfilling relationships. He will do it!

SoulFood: Exo 20:1–17, Matt 5:1–12

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019

20, October 2019

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