When you apply these principles to your life, it will transform your relationships for the better.
God desires the best for us in every area of our life. This includes our relationships with others. Our faith deeply impacts our relationships. When we decide to give our lives to Christ, it changes everything, including how we relate to others. The Bible speaks volumes about relationships, godly interactions and principles that we can apply to our lives. This tool set can guide us in making decisions in our relationships that model our faith. The Bible reminds us that no matter what it is we’re doing; it can be used as a means to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31). This includes the way we relate to our loved ones. Here are five Christian principles that will help your relationships. When you apply these principles to our lives, it will transform our relationships for the better.
Love is a core principal of Christianity. God is the perfect representation of love, as He gave His only Son for us. The most perfect love comes from God and it is always ours. This form of love is sacrificial and self-giving. True love is about putting the other person’s needs before your own. If we desire this in our own relationships, it’s important that we model this. Show Christ’s love to each other by making sacrifices for each other. Put one another above yourselves. It’s not only at the center of Christian marriage, it is who God is. When we demonstrate this form of love in our relationships, we love better.
Being able to forgive someone is an important part of Christianity. It should be in our nature as Christians to forgive those who “trespass against us”, though this can be very hard to do. We are taught to forgive through Jesus’ death on a cross. Christ died on the cross so our sins would be forgiving, while also asking His father to forgive His tormenters. We should remember this in our day to day situations. Though be willing to forgive can be very difficult, the Bible teaches us the best way to handle. A great example is Matthew 6:14: “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Because God has forgiven us, we too should forgive others. Relationships can stand or crumble depending on your choice to forgive, or not to forgive.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we receive the blessings of love, joy, peace and faithfulness through the gift of the Holy Spirit working through us (Galatians 5:22). Faithfulness is a principle that we can apply to our faith and our relationships. It impacts every relationship we are involved in. To be faithful is to be reliable, unwavering and steadfast. This principle is described in the Bible as an attribute of God, a characteristic that some exhibit and some lack. When the Bible speaks of God’s faithfulness, we see how over and over again, when God says He will do something, He does it. Jesus modeled faithfulness in His promise to never leave us or forsake us. We model a similar faithfulness when it comes to our marriage vows. Remember, till death do us part? God loves us no matter what we do. Will you also choose to love and be faithful in your relationships, even when the chips are down?
Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” We should seek understanding in our relationships. Sometimes, our egos get in the way of understanding those who we love and care about. We often have a need to be right that makes what others think and feel so wrong for us. Empathy, for example holds many relationships together. It allows us to slow down and walk in the shoes of those we love. Understanding helps us center our relationship in Christ.
Joy is what God desires for us in our relationships, not for us to be miserable. The Bible tells us that through the power of the Holy Spirit we have the opportunity to be filled with joy and peace so that we may be overflowed with hope (Romans 18:13). If we are experiencing anything less than joy in our relationships with others, you are dealing with the wrong people. Psalm 37:4 says “take delight in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Take delight in the LORD and blessings will flow, including blessings in our relationships.
Transforming Your Relationship With God’s Help
Are you ready to take your relationship to the next level with God’s help? While the Bible doesn’t give step by step “how to” instructions when it comes to the dating scene, Scripture does provide timeless Christian principles that we can apply to our relationships today. When you’re ready to apply these principles your relationship, your world will transform.
Article by Lesley White
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