Here are five scriptural ways to improve the quality of your relationships: (1) Always show appreciation. Who are the people that really matter in your life? Let them know you love them, and do it often. Practice the ten-to-one rule: ten compliments to every one criticism! Many of us think the best way to help people is to "straighten them out." No, the best way to help others is to look for the best in them. Dr. John Maxwell calls this "the 101 Percent Principle." Look for one thing you admire in somebody, then give them 100 percent encouragement for it. That'll help you to like them, and vice versa. (2) Put others first. Paul writes in Ephesians 6:7, "With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men." that is we are to seek to serve wholeheartedly as though we were serving the Lord, not men (Ephesians 6:7). If you adopt that mindset in your dealings with others, you will go far in life. (3) Serve others gladly. Talking about how difficult it is to hire and train people, an airline executive said, "Service is the only thing we have to sell, but it's the toughest thing to teach because nobody wants to be thought of as a servant." (4) Forgive it, resolve it, and move beyond it. If someone has hurt you and you need to address it, do it immediately. Then forgive it, resolve it, and move beyond it. And if it's not worth bringing up, forget it and move on. (5) Make time for the people who matter. Don't give away your time on a first-come-first-served basis. Don't devote so much energy to "the squeaky wheel" that you shortchange the people in your life who matter most.
"And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation." (2 Corinthians 1:7)
Reflection:Christ reigns even now on His heavenly throne, yet the earth is filled with evil men. The adopted brothers and sisters of Christ reign even now by His side, yet their lives are of suffering. How can this be? It is the mystery of the cross of Christ Jesus! Through our weakness, we are strong. Through death, we have life. Through suffering, we are become the victors. And through persecution, we are blessed. Therefore, Christ tells us, rejoice in such troubles till the heavenly consummation, for great will be our apparent reward in that day. So do not fret, O believer, but trust that your suffering will produce hope. Hope in Christ. Hope in Heaven.
Week #32 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Leviticus 22-24
Monday: (History) 2 Kings 21-25
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 90-92
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 14-15
Thursday: (Prophecy) Ezekiel 43-48
Friday: (Gospels) John 1-2
Saturday: (Letters) 1 Thessalonians 4-5