“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). The hallmark of Christian relationships is summed up in this commandment by our Lord to “love one another.” Valentine ’s Day is just around the corner and the emphasis on love will abound. Yet, the love and affection that is espoused during Valentine’s Day is a limited romantic love. The love that our Savior commands us to live out is based on the unconditional love in which He has lavished upon us. The love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost and we should live accordingly. This God given love should spill over into ALL of our relationships. When the motives of our heart are derived from the love of God which is in operation in our lives, we should find ourselves seeking to strengthen and grow relationships with those people God brings into our lives. This should also include those people that are hard to love. Romans 12:18 says, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” This principal command to live peaceably with all people is based on a Christ-like love in operation in your life. Not everyone will let you live in peace with them, but the Scripture tells us seek to do so with “as much as depends on you.” Also, consider that 1 Peter 4:8 says, “And above all things have a fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.’” Flowers and candy can express our love and apperception for others, but Christ-like love expressed consistently over time will produce a legacy of stronger and more enduring relationships. I believe the stronger our relationships with others parlays directly into a more satisfying and fulfilling life. Consider that we are made in the image of God and one of the strongest reflections of that image is seen in our ability to have deep, meaningful, and abiding relationships with others. Also, consider that our relationships are only as good as our efforts to cultivate and sustain them. Little efforts lead to little returns when it comes to valuable relationships. We must be intentional in this area of our Christian walk if we want to see life transforming success in our numerous relationships. The most fulfilling area in our Christian walk should be in our relationship to God and others. This is an elementary teaching, yet it seems to be a lost art in these days.

An elderly couple was riding in their truck while going to town. The wife said to her husband, “Do you remember when we were young how we use to sit side by side in the truck everywhere we went? Look at us now. I’m all the way over here by the passenger door and you’re on the other side of the truck. What happened to us? The husband said, …….“I never moved." God is always in a fixed position, and if we find ourselves distant from Him in our relationship we must understand it is because we moved away from Him. It could be the same with other relationships in our lives as well, …..we moved away. Life is so much richer and fulfilling if we have vibrant, meaningful relationships with those around us. Make the effort every day to improve on your relationships and you will find that you are leaving a legacy in the earth.


Serving the King Together,