Relationship Reset

Serve Selflessly

…Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.  Matthew 25:40 (CEV) When interacting with others we often forget that they were created in the image of God.  The verse above tells us that when we serve others, we are really serving the Lord. …

Encourage People with Your Actions

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT) Yesterday we discussed the idea of encouraging people with our words.  In today’s post we are focusing on encouraging people with our actions.  The verse above says that we should encourage each other and build each…

Encourage People with Your Words

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29 (NLT) As we are focused on being our best in our relationships, it’s important to encourage others with our words. It’s easy to join the crowd…

Be Present with Others

My dear friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry. James 1:19 (CEV) It’s important to be present with the people in our lives.  It’s very easy to become distracted by things such as our smartphones instead of giving the other person our undivided attention.  One of the…

Love is a Command

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12 (NIV) In the verse above we are reminded that what we are about to read is a command.  A command is different from a suggestion.  A suggestion is optional, kind of like an idea or a recommendation that you can choose…

How – In Love

“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ…” Ephesians 4:15 (NLT) Conflict is a fact of life. Many of us were in conflict in the past, are in conflict now or will be in conflict in the future. As we navigate conflict with others, we need…

Focus – Conduct

“I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things. But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet to lead my servants astray…” Revelation…

Goal – Understanding

“Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.” Proverbs 18:2 (NLT) If you’re like most people, you probably seek first to be understood; you want to get your point across. And in doing so, you may ignore the other person completely, pretend that you’re listening, selectively hear only certain…

Priority-Unity

“… lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3 (NLT) We live…

Conflict Happens

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13 (NLT) Every one of us makes mistakes. Sometimes we hurt others unintentionally. At times we are hurt by others. Things will happen that cause conflict between us. We can choose to…

Interests

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT) It is easy to focus on ourselves or try to…

Thoughts

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 (NLT) Many…

Log

“First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” Matthew 7:5 (NLT) When there are issues in a relationship, it’s usually easy for us to identify what the other person should have done differently. If only they spent more…

Reverence

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesian 5:21 (NIV) The word submit or submission means to submit under the authority or power of someone else. We submit to the authorities every time we obey the speed limit. We submit to the laws of the U.S. every time we file our taxes (at…

Commandment

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” John 15:12 (NLT) The Bible tells us to love others the way Jesus loved us. This is a passage we can easily read but not always as easy to live. Jesus loved us based on the overflow of the love…