“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
No man is an island. In a world with a population over 7 billion, it is almost impossible for us to live life apart from other people. We have to interact with others on some level even if we don’t want to. As believers in Jesus Christ, we should willingly build meaningful relationships with those around us whether they last a moment or a lifetime. Relationships are an opportunity for us to spread the love of Christ. They have the power to bring hope, joy, peace and comfort to those in need.
Rely on God to guide you in building meaningful relationships. The tug on your heart to act in everyday situations is the Holy Spirit. Encourage and pray with your children before they head to school. Lend words of compassion to the friend who just lost a loved one. Even pay for the groceries of the woman ahead of you in line whose card was just declined.
God cares about our relationship with Him and other people (Mark 12:28-31). They are directly tied to our faith in Him. As our relationship with God strengthens, our relationships with people strengthen as well.
Prayer: Lord, help us to cultivate relationships that are meaningful and honor You. As we grow closer to you, allow our love for others to grow deeper. Amen.
Mark 12:28-31 (NIV)
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
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