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Building good relationships

25th Aug, 2022

Building good relationships

"Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead." Php 2:4 MSG

Paul writes,

"Put yourself aside, and help others get

ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage.  

Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand" (v. 4 MSG). That means do these five things: 

  • (1) Be genuinely interested in others. "Laugh..when they're happy; share tears when they're down" (Ro 12:15 MSG). And you can only do that when you take the time to find out what's going on in someone else's world. 

  • (2) Be upbeat. "A cheerful heart brings a smile..a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day" (Pr 15:13 MSG). Don't dump your problems on others, they have enough of their own. Take them to the Lord in prayer. 

  • (3) Be careful what you say, and always say less than you think. "A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in" (Pr 29:11). And since how you speak is as important as what you say, always be kind and courteous. 

  • (4) Be reliable. The Bible says, "In the last days…men shall be…. trucebreakers" (2Ti 3:1. 3), but you don't have to fulfill that prophecy. When you say you will do something, do it. Character is measured by actions, not words. So strive to be a person whose word has meaning. 

  • (5) Be an encourager. Barnabas was known as a motivator because he "encouraged the believers" (Ac 11:23 NLT). Ever notice what happens when you push a kid on a swing? Eventually he starts pumping and doing it himself; he just needed a little help to get going. Even a smile can work wonders. Job said, "When they were discouraged, I smiled.…My look of approval was precious to them" (Job 29:24 NLT).

Sometimes it's that simple!

Character is measured by actions, not words.

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