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What the Bible teaches about building relationships?

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What the Bible teaches about building relationships?

Relationships are very important

The Bible gives much attention to our relationships. Relationships must be very important to us. Good relationships are difficult to form, more difficult to maintain, and very easy to destroy.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth: ‘And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ… for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?’ (1 Cor. 3:1, 3) It is interesting to know that the Apostle Paul dealt with several theological problems in the church, but he also dealt a lot with people problems, the relationships among Christians. His Epistles are usually divided in two parts: doctrinal and ethical, which usually means, how we relate to God and how we relate to other people. Solving relationship problems took much of the Apostle’s time and energy.

How can we build good relationships in the team we belong to?

The Bible often emphasizes prayer when speaking about building relationships. The Apostle Paul sets the example: ‘And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment.’ (Phil. 1:9). When we study the Epistle to the Philippians we see that the Apostle prayed that they would pursue five essentials: love, excellence, integrity, good works, and the glory of God.

God made us social creatures

We are made as social creatures. At the time of creation, God said it was not good for human beings to be alone. ‘And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.’ (Gen. 2:18). God gave Adam a companion. God instructed the first people to multiply. God permitted us to expand into the billions of people who now live on earth. Social challenges cannot therefore be neglected.

Whenever two or more people get together, we need to think about personal relationships. Sometimes these relationships are good, kind and characterized by clear communication. However, sometimes these relationships are tense and marked by clashes. How can we get along with each other? How we communicate must be of vital concern to all of us especially when we work with people.

The example of the Lord Jesus

‘And Jesus increased and, and in favour with God and.’ (Luke 2:52).

How did the Lord Jesus grow?

(1) Intellectually: ‘in wisdom,’

(2) Physically: ‘in stature,’

(3) Spiritually: ‘in favour with God,’ and

(4) Socially: ‘in favour with man.’

The Lord Jesus grew and matured like any other person. We cannot fully understand this, but we know that we need to grow the same way, in four directions and this includes in our relationships.

Dr. Czeslaw Bassara ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; www.proword.eu)

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