THE IMPORTANCE OF RELATIONSHIPS (3)

Today we are still looking at  the importance of relationship part 3 and our text will be taken from PROVERBS 17:17 which says ” A friend loveth at all times.”
Solomon points out the value of a true friend and a brother. He says a true friend is always loving, and a brother helps in trying times. A true friend and genuine brother exhibit true love in unfavorable circumstances as well as in favorable ones.
We must work hard to build solid relationships that are mutually beneficial. Here are some signs that a relationship’s headed that way:
(1) Mutual enjoyment; In solid relationships people spend time together just for the joy of being together. What they do is not of significance. Unfortunately the busyness of life causes us to forget what a joy this can be.
(2) Mutual respect; How do you build mutual respect? When you don’t let obstacles or circumstances become more important to you than the relation- ship. When the pressure is on and you still treat them with patience and kindness. When the relationship is struggling and you’re willing to work to preserve it.
(3) Shared experiences; Helen Keller may have been blind, but she had 20/20 vision when it came to relationships: “My friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges, and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation.”
(4) Trust. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “The glory of friendship is not just in the outstretched hand nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.” Paul writes: “Love never gives up” (1Co 13:7 NLT).
 (5) Reciprocity. All relationships experience ebb and flow; Sometimes one person is the primary giver, sometimes the other is. But a solid relationship will always be two-sided. Friendships are like bank accounts. You cannot continue to draw on them without making deposits. If either of you becomes overdrawn and it stays that way too long, the relationship won’t last.
 Pray for God’s help: Be with me, Lord, as I commit to being that kind of friend to others. I trust the Holy Spirit to empower me to love and produce * an endless supply of Your love, O God, from within me that will flow out of me and into the lives of others who need Jesus. In Jesus’ mighty name, I pray. Amen.

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