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Introduction to Relationship Series

Introduction to Relationship

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. 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. Real friendship involves mutual understanding, a give-and-take relationship like a husband and wife has to be. It gives each one the same treatment—freedom to share what is burdensome and solves an issue that could strengthen the relationship.

Our relations with the world must not result in disconnection with our relationship with God. The prince of the Air has the authority to rule the earth but has no authority to rule over us due to the gift of Free Will. The only way we can be under his command is when we walk away from the grace of God. When we mock the Holy Spirit, which is an unpardonable sin, and when we totally disown God as our Father and continually do the things that will grieve His heart. A relationship is significant in our lives, whether with earthly family, neighbors (believers and unbelievers), friends of friends, and relatives; remember that God created us because of love, will, and purpose.

God’s word tells us that all men and women are created equal. No black and white, no dumb or wise, and no small or tall; we are equal in the eyes of God. God provides His mercy and grace to all who seek Him. “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91).

Trust is lovely, but jealousy is harmful. In a relationship, when there is mistrust, it will lead to an unpleasant relationship that could happen among friends. Breakups are a weapon the enemy of our faith induces to put into our minds. Our mind is the battlefield of faith and trust.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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