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  • Writer's picturePastor Sean

Building Relationships with Biblical Values: A Guide to Happiness, Peace, and Contentment.

Relationships can be incredibly challenging, especially in a world where we are constantly bombarded with conflicting messages about love and relationships. It's not uncommon to hear stories of broken families, toxic friendships, and strained partnerships. The pressures of work, finances, and personal struggles can also take their toll on our relationships, making it difficult to find joy, peace, and contentment in our interactions with others. It's a fact of life that relationships take effort, sacrifice, and a willingness to grow, but with the right approach, they can also bring immense fulfillment and happiness to our lives.


As individuals and communities, we all face struggles in building and maintaining healthy relationships. However, the Bible provides guidance on how to build relationships based on values that bring happiness, peace, and contentment. In Colossians 3:12-14, we are instructed to "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."


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With this in mind, here are some actionable steps to help you build relationships based on biblical values:


1. Develop compassion - Feel the pain and suffering of others as if it were your own and treat them with dignity and respect.

2. Practice forgiveness - Let go of grudges, anger, and resentment, and make room for love and mutual understanding.

3. Embrace humility - Recognize that we are all equal in God's eyes and approach relationships with an open mind and a willingness to listen.


To incorporate these principles into daily life, you can start by setting aside time each day to reflect on your relationships and ask yourself if you are showing compassion, practicing forgiveness, and embracing humility. You can also seek out opportunities to serve others and put these principles into action, such as volunteering at a local organization or offering to help a neighbor in need.


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Remember, relationships bring happiness, peace, and contentment to our lives, and the Bible offers clear guidance on how to build and maintain healthy relationships based on compassion, forgiveness, and humility. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 reminds us that "Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."


If you're looking for pastoral counsel to help you grow in these areas, consider seeking the perspective and expertise of a counselor. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness, and taking steps toward a better and more fulfilling life is always a wise choice. Proverbs 15:22 says, "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed." This ancient proverb highlights the importance of seeking counsel and guidance when facing challenges in life, including challenges in relationships. Seeking help is a wise and proactive step toward growth, healing, and fulfillment.


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