CHRISTLIKENESS – Building Healthy Relationships
Are YOU all in?
Christians should seek to Develop Real, Authentic Relationships!
Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 1 Corinthians 9:19
Authentic relationships build trust and trust leads to conversation and often disclosure of issues in our lives. Those conversations lead to the opportunity to love, accept, empathize and share the good news of the Gospel. When people know that we have a different kind of relationship with God than they do (a real friendship and relationship) they gravitate to us in times of crisis and ask for prayer which leads to further opportunities to share the good news of Jesus. It is not simply about wanting them to find Christ, it is about caring about them as people loved by God. It is that genuine love through relationship, conversation and the work of the Holy Spirit that often brings them into the greatest family they could ever have.
The First Key to building relationships is PRAYER
Ask yourself, “Do I have the willingness and ability to develop relationships?”
Our faith is personal, but it is not intended to be private. Jesus established the church for our collective good and our collective growth. After all, humans are naturally relational. Spiritually, we are no different. As believers, our horizontal relationships with others should develop just as our vertical relationship with God does. Transformation is occurring when relational maturity is evident in our lives.
Your answer should be, YES, I HAVE THE WILLINGNESS AND ABILITY TO SHARE THE GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST!