Introduction to Relationships Series

Relationship 1 – Knowledge

Relationship – Knowledge (1 of 3 part series)

Business is winning and losing. It is more of a gamble that depends on luck. It is not a give and take; it is more of a game of the fittest, a one-way kind of love to make profit the priority, and when luck becomes the turning point of success, it sometimes changes a person’s character and attitude. Some become an I person, and the worst is turning into admiring themselves with an inflated sense of self-importance. A selfish person is self-absorbed and only cares about getting what he wants. ”whatever Lola wants, Lola gets.” They believe their success is their own doing without anybody else, and that attitude can easily fall into a prideful, arrogant, shameless person.

I could not agree more that success could be from hard work and not from GOD. God will never interfere with our decisions unless we ask. However, when we focus on material wealth and how much our network is. We might end up blinded with fortune on our faces and miss seeing the unfortunate who lack the luck that we have if we do not care about anybody but ourselves and never look out for the good of others. That is different from what we want to be defined. It is OK to strive for success, but our relationship with the Lord is what defines us.

1 Corinthians 7:15- This passage can be viewed on the other side of the coin. (As I said before, there are scriptures with hidden messages (John 3:16 is one of them) subjects for more comprehensive, fruitful, and profitable interpretation.) 2 Timothy 3:16-17. The Epistles of 1 Corinthians 7 about marriage is not limited to only Husband and wife; at that time, it was written there was a problem in Corinth about marriage relationship. Moreover, to keep up the excellent work established, let us continue with the subject commonly known as relationships.

It tells us that if an unbeliever cannot live with you in peace, let them live without you. We will not bear a profitable, fruitful, and happy companionship in an unhealthy situation in friendship or marriage. Happiness can be achieved, but not the joy that could have a long and lasting relationship. Refrain from being quick to end the friendship, but instead, try first to set boundaries that are more acceptable and realistic, if not unique to both, but firm not to cross the line.

We can do it by distancing ourselves less physically from seeing each other; communication through phone or email could help with limited time to avoid bringing up painful emotions or memories that might trigger an unpleasant situation and end up separating with hatred that the adversary wants to end that way. Selfish people think only about themselves and focus less on God, so having a relationship with people with that behavior is toxic. A relationship is like a business. Sometimes we gain, and sometimes we lose. Good friends stay for a long time, if not for a lifetime.

Let us enjoy peace with the Family of God. We can do it in many ways; the one I am recommending is through meditation.

Take care, and God be with us with all His blessings that are renewed daily. Always give thanks to the Holy One and pray without ceasing. Love you all with the love of the LORD. God Bless!

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus
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