How Jesus can recharge all of your relationships
The recent Coronavirus restrictions revealed something that is always true – people bring out the best and worst in us. Weeks of isolation, video chat, social distancing or being stuck in a house with others left many of our relationships feeling flat, damaged or broken. This was true for friendships, work colleagues, dating and marriages. What we needed was a relationship recharge so that we would be able to re-connect with people after the Coronavirus restrictions eased.
Each week we explored something from Jesus’ teaching or another part of the Bible to help us find wisdom, hope and a way forward in all of our people problems.
One of the funniest one-liners when you have people problems is, “It’s not you, it’s me.” This is usually said as a cop-out or as a joke. But it also forms the essence of how Jesus can recharge our relationships. When we consider ourselves first, and ask God to search us and search our heart, our relationships can begin to be healed, refreshed and recharged.
Triangles are the worst shape and you should avoid them at all costs. That’s what Jesus said in Matthew 18. He taught us to deal with people in straight lines and to avoid triangulated relationships at all costs. In Matthew 18 Jesus outlines some simple (but challenging) steps that will help you recharge all of your relationships.
When you consider popular songs about love, you’d think it was all about feelings and emotions. But to Jesus, love is all about what you do. It’s the gritty decisions to treat each other with love that recharge our relationships.
What do we do with relationships that seem broken beyond repair? Is there any hope for relationships like that? And what about toxic relationships? How do you know when to stay and when to leave?
We also shared these Bible reading plans for people to do by themselves or with others during the series:
- Relate(able) (Louie Giglio). A 7 part Bible reading plan about relationships.
- Relationships Goals (Michael Todd). A 5 part Bible reading plan about relationships.
- Squad Goals (Ryan Leak). A 7 part Bible reading plan about friendships.
- Relationship Goals (Craig Groeschel). A 7 part Bible reading plan about marriage.
- All My Friends Have Issues (Amanda Anderson). A 5 part Bible reading plan for women.
- Relationship Advice for Men (Roger Thompson). An 8 part Bible reading plan for men.
This post was written by Geoff Snook