Almost all of our life experiences are based on relationships. We’re always more loyal to people we like and have a good relationship with in our families and professions. These four attributes will help us build Godly long-lasting relationships.
- Accountability – Proverbs 5:21-23 points to a higher authority with this admonition, “For God sees everything you do and His eyes are wide open, as He observes every single habit you have. Beware that your sins don’t overtake you and the scars of your own conscience become the ropes that die you up. Those who choose wickedness die for lack of self-control, for their foolish ways lead them astray, carrying them away as hostages – kidnapped captives robbed of destiny. “(TPT) To whom are we accountable? We are accountable to God and He will help us set a clear path for others to follow.
- Character – Proverbs 30:8-9 says, “Empty out of my heart everything that is false – every lie, and every crooked thing. And give me neither undo poverty nor undo wealth – but rather, feed my soul with the measure of prosperity that pleases you. May my satisfaction be found in You. Don’t’ let me be so rich that I don’t need you or so poor that I have to resort to dishonesty just to make ends meet. Then my life will never detract from bring glory to your name. (TPT) Character is not a matter of outward technique, but of inner reality. If we ask God for insight and understanding, He will help us develop a character that others will want to follow.
- Commitment– I Samuel 15:22 really says it all, ” But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.”(NLT) We sacrifice our selfish desires and misguided ambitions when strive to align ourselves with God’s will. God calls us to commitment, first to Him and then to others. The more we give ourselves to Him, the more He will bless our relationships.
- Communication– Proverbs 15:23 declares, “Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!”(NLT) How we communicate will either promote trust or distrust in our relationships. Real communication only takes place when everyone moves beyond speaking and hearing to understanding.
I wish I could say I’ve mastered these principles in my daily life. Wouldn’t that be great? However, I know that when we trust the Lord completely and follow His leading, we can do more than we ever imagined. Let’s go for it!
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