Relationships. When you think about, much of our work as disciples of Jesus Christ depends upon relationships.
Teaching. Encouraging. Edifying. Admonishing. Fellowship. Discipline. They all depend on relationships.
So, we should never underestimate the importance of relationships.
Now, BeckyLynn Black (the wife of my PhD mentor Dave Black) has written a very good post called “10 Principles for Biblical Relationships.”
Here are her “10 Principles”:
- We can never force a relationship.
- We must allow others the freedom to fail…
- [W]e must resist the urge to judge an investment in a person before the time of judgment.
- Our lifestyles should be about investing in others…
- We must give grace & patience for immaturity…
- [W]e must be careful not to confuse the role of people and the role of the Lord in our lives.
- It is OK, even normal, for relationships to involve pain & tears.
- [R]ash venting of emotions is no substitute for the virtue of self-control…
- Never substitute a human being, however nice & godly, for the Lord Jesus.
- As obedient followers of Jesus, we must divide our relationships according to His criteria, not ours.
BeckyLynn discusses each principle in detail. Follow the link and read the rest of the post.