Nearly everybody in the world is involved in some sort of relationship, whether it be marriage, dating, friendship, spiritual, or family. Relationships between people can be an absolute joy and enhance the happiness and quality of life when they are strong and good, however when relationships begin to degrade and fall apart they can make life an absolute nightmare. When relationships begin to fail many of us do not know why or how to begin rebuilding and strengthening those relationships. The Word of God however, gives us advice on how to turn bad or failing relationships around and strengthen them into a good solid relationship that will bring joy and happiness back into our lives. I pray that these bible verses will help you to strengthen and build up your relationships.
*Note the following verses my contain text in “()”, this text is not part of the verse but a textual verbiage to enhance the understanding of the verse.
Galatians 5:14 “For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor(friends,family members, spouse, boss, significant other) as yourself.”
Ephesians 4:2 “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each others faults because of your love.”
Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”
James 3:17 “But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.”
Ephesians 5:22-25 “For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife ans Christ is the head of the church. he is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.
Matthew 7:2 “For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.”
Philippians 2:3 “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”
1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.”
Proverbs 13:10 “Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.”
James 4:4 “You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you and enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.”
James 3:16 “For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. (violence, strife, broken relationships, hurt feelings, offence)”
Galatians 5:26 “Let us not become conceited (arrogant, cocky or stuck up), or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.”
Proverbs 19:11 “Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.”
Colossians 3:13 “Make allowance for each others faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
We can see that the Word of God tells us through these verses how to act towards others to reap healthy, happy, strong relationships. We are to look past each others faults, be slow to anger, be loving, gentle and humble towards others. These qualities and actions that God has set before us in His Word work to build people up and to positively influence others to want to change and become better people. These are the same qualities and actions that God has and shows towards us which is why when we die to our old self and become born again into the family of Christ we strive to become better people and strive to be like Christ.