Relationships that Honor God and Enrich Life!

Twice before on this blog (2006 and 2011) I have offered up the thoughts below. I do so again at the start of this new year in the hopes that as you understand this very basic yet very powerful principle about relationships (and then, of course, "put it into practice!"), you will enjoy relationships that will honor the One who gave up his life for you (and bring much blessing to you in the process!).

If we are to have relationships that honor God and enrich our lives, then we must have the right focus - and far too many of us don't! So what is the right focus when it comes to relationships? God answers this question (I never get over just how relevant the Bible is for day-to-day living!). In Philippians 2:3-4, we read, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also for the interests of others." In Romans 12:10 the Apostle Paul commands us to be devoted to one another in brother love and to honor each other above ourselves! So you see - it all comes down to our focus. Our default focus is SELF. When push comes to shove we would much rather be on the shoving end, yes? The first person we normally think of is ourselves. But God tells us that we need to reset our default focus. We do so as we consider others to be more important than us and as we, then, seek to honor them ABOVE ourselves!

So .... are the relationships in your life not working? Well the problem might be found as you take a long look in the mirror. My guess is that you are focused on the wrong person. Get your eyes off yourself and get them looking at others. Then and only then will you begin to experience God-honoring and life-enriching relationships!

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