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Christ-Centered Relationships

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10 - Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

Christ-centered relationships are a form of discipleship. In these relationships, we learn, grow, encourage, guide, correct, and love. Jesus serves as our example of friendship and demonstrates how to engage in relationships not only with others but also with God.

Once, a friend pointed out something I was doing wrong. Although I initially disliked it, I reflected on it and prayed to God because it was evident that I needed to make changes. I am grateful that she was willing to address an issue that required attention.

Proverbs 27:17 states, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."

Having individuals in your life who are willing to offer assistance and point out areas for improvement is precious, as they do so out of love and a desire to witness your success and fulfillment of your potential.

We all have different levels of relationships with people. I have two very close friends whom I love and talk to whenever possible, but they both live two or more hours away. I also have some friends here whom I can talk to and be replenished by. Last but not least, I have my husband, whom I believe God orchestrated for us to meet through His providence.

Having people, regardless of the depth of the relationship, with whom you can converse, request prayer, and celebrate one another indicates the presence of God-centered individuals. God surrounded Himself with disciples and cultivated relationships with them. Similarly, we are meant to have such relationships because we require others to support us as we journey through life.

Galatians 6:2 instructs us, "Share each other’s burdens, and in this way, obey the law of Christ."

When we engage in conversations with others, life becomes more manageable, and when those individuals are fellow Christ-followers, we can trust that their words and prayers stem from a place of love.

To live a life more aligned with Jesus, we should cultivate relationships similar to His own—ones that are open, honest, and accountable.

Colossians 3:13 advises, "Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others."

Over the years, I've made numerous mistakes, and those who have shown understanding and forgiveness for my faults hold a special place in my heart. They are the ones who exemplify God's love to me.

Jesus referred to His disciples as friends. Therefore, it is wise to walk through life with friends who are centered on Christ.

Proverbs 13:20 states, "Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble."

I prefer an honest, Christ-centered friend over someone who merely agrees with me. Jesus embodied honesty and integrity in all His interactions. As we strive to emulate Him, I hope that in my journey to deepen my relationship with God, I can also be an honest and loving friend.

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