The reality is whether we're playing the role of spouse, friend, parent, child, sibling, boss or employee (just to name a few), every relationship is complicated. Why? Because every relationship involves two imperfect people coming together. The GOOD NEWS is God knows a thing or two about how relationships are supposed to work, and the Bible is filled with time-tested principles that can help us navigate life's relationship complications.
Sometimes relationships are complicated. And sometimes they are beyond complicated.
No doubt about it, relationships are complicated because people are complicated. But sometimes it goes beyond just being complicated and really hard decisions have to be made.
So how do we know when it’s time for a relationship to be over? Are there any relationships that are beyond hope?
Yeah, Yeah I Hear Ya
Once we’ve put in place the right foundation for growing healthy relationships with others we have to start to learn how to actually relate in a healthy way. Sounds easy enough, right? Except the Bible tells us that our natural inclinations for how to relate tend to get us into trouble. But there’s a reason for that, and when we understand what that reason is, everything has the potential to change for the better.
The Center of Who We Are
It's Not You, It's Me
We’ve all thought it – that many of our relationships would be so much easier, better, less COMPLICATED if the other person would just (you fill in the blank). But what if the real key to healthy relationships has more to do with who we are than who we’re in relationship with?
The Long Haul
Relationships are complicated because people are complicated, plain and simple. But that doesn’t mean we’re without hope. We just have to make sure we’ve set the right goals when it comes to our relationships, and we know what it takes to actually get there.