Relationships Take Time And Energy!
Good Relationships Are Worth Your Effort!
Living my life for over 50 years, a person like me has had the opportunity to be in many relationships since I was a young boy.
We often run into many healthy relationships, and some neutral, and some actually very destructive ones (centered on alcohol and drugs) which lead to many problems in my life.
I am referring to many types such as family, friends, relatives, classmates, co-workers, strangers, basically, anyone you and I come into contact with could wind up being someone you could have a friendship with.
Would you consider yourself an “other person” oriented type of person or more of a “self-centered” type of person? If you are a “self-centered” type of person, maybe today is the day you look at that and start to try to change your ways.
God Loves You And Me!
We Must Love God, And Love And Forgive Others, And Ourselves!
- Understand that although we all have our own strengths and weaknesses, God loves us despite our short-comings, and He has a wonderful plan for our lives.
- Live your life to please and honor God; be humble and authentic in how you live.
- We all make mistakes; learn from them and get over them, and turn the page.
- Set healthy boundaries, and respect the boundaries of others in the same way.
- Hold people and things in an open palm, meaning don’t hold on to them so tightly; let go and let God direct your life.
- If you are not willing to forgive others, your sins will not be forgiven by God either.
- Put more of your faith in God, and less in yourself.
- Life here on earth is very short; eternity is forever, so live your life on earth with eternity in mind.
- Most importantly — love God with your whole heart, mind, and soul, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Words Of Encouragement:
- Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
There Are Many Types Of Relationships
Of course, there are different types of friendships, some are mostly superficial, others are closer and more involved such as in dating, marriage, platonic, business and recreational situations.
No matter what type of relationship you may be in, it is best to treat the other person honestly, fairly, respectfully, and basically like you would want them to treat you. ~ Bill Greguska
Do You Strive To Be In Healthy Relationships?
Philippians 2:5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus
Here Are Some Helpful Links:
- Can you give me some Christian relationship advice?
- How does one handle conflict in a marriage (or any relationship for that matter)?
- Questions about Relationships?
- What does the Bible say about age differences in relationships?
- What does the Bible say about family problems?
How To Be A TOUGH Person?
- Transparent. People can’t be helped until they’re willing to be transparent. The more a person hides, the less they desire to be helped. But once a person opens themselves up, the possibilities are endless.
- Obedient. If we truly believe God and His Word, we can be confident that our obedience will benefit us much better than our own reasoning. It is often our disobedience or disbelief that throws us off the course that God has for us.
- Understanding. I strive to live my life as a person who seeks to understand more so than to be understood. Seeking to understand builds a bond with others that can’t be established any other way. As we seek to understand the hearts of others, we often understand more about ourselves in the process.
- Grateful. Gratitude is a way to ensure that more comes into your life. And I’m not merely referring to material things. I’m speaking of being grateful for things like love, grace, peace, joy, and healing. Great people are grateful people.
- Humble. In addition to being grateful, the greatest people that I’ve ever met have also been extremely humble. As my mentor defines humility, it is not thinking less of yourself but simply thinking of yourself less. The Bible reminds us in James 4:6 that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Do what’s necessary to be a recipient of His grace. Today, as you go throughout your day, my prayer is that you will do what is necessary to become a T.O.U.G.H person. By J.H.Thomas
Encouragement For Good Friendships!
Think about just how valuable your friendships are with those you care about. Be sure to let them know how you feel about them. Think about good times and fond memories that you have had together. Bring them up in conversation and try to recreate them.
Be quick to forgive and overlook things. Try to listen as much or more than you talk with others. Take clues either verbal or non-verbal about how your friend is feeling or what they are thinking.
Be in touch with not only your feelings but a sense of other people’s feeling that you consider close friends. Ask questions and offer help when you think they would not mind.
What If My Problems Seem Out Of Control?
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If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. Franklin D. Roosevelt