After thirty years of ministry, I have concluded that one of the biggest problems people have today is learning to live in right “relationships.” In fact, some of the wealthiest people I know are miserable because they are living in broken relationships and some of the poorest people I know are the happiest because they are living in right relationships. I say this simply to illustrate how important it is to live in right relationships with the significant people in your life.
Being a disciple of Jesus means learning to live in right relationships. This begins with your relationship with God. Your relationship with God impacts your relationship with you and that impacts your relationship with others. I can assure you that if you are not right with God you will not be rightly related to others. As Christ changes you and makes you into the person He created you to be, it will make all of your other relationships in life better! This is why we are called to “make disciples!”
Making disciples is the best way to build better marriages, better families, better churches, better businesses, better communities, better nations, and a better world.
When a person becomes more like Jesus in their character and conduct, they will always relate better to the people around them. The best way to change the world is to change the way people relate to people and the best way to do that is to teach them to live like Jesus!
In John 15:12 Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have l loved you.” When we learn to love like Jesus loved we will begin to live in right relationships.
Loving like Jesus loved will change the way you relate to everyone in your life. Christ’s love is patient and it is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Christ’s love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and it always perseveres. Christ’s love never fails!
Are you relating to others the way Jesus relates to you?