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Some random thoughts on relationships:

If we are smart enough to manage certain aspects of our lives, why can’t we be smart enough to manage our relationships?

You cannot enter into a relationship without influencing and being influenced.

In a relationship, you become a meaningful part of each other’s history.

Relationship realities:

  • We like each other.
  • I like you, but you don’t like me.
  • You like me, but I don’t like you.
  • I used to like you, but I don’t anymore.
  • You used to like me, but you don’t anymore.
  • I like you a little, but I like someone else more.
  • You like me a little, but you like someone else more.
  • Because I like someone else more, you don’t like that person.
  • Because you like someone else more, I don’t like that person.
  • I’m trying not to like you.
  • You’re trying not to like me.
  • I can’t get over you.
  • You can’t get over me.

Relationship hazards:

  • Relationships that get too close and things happen.
  • Relationships that got too close and now are broken off.
  • Relationship in which people hurt each other. (Friendly fire.)
  • Relationships that make you change your relationships with others.
  • Broken relationships are like pulling an arm off of your body. (Pain, infection, healing, intimacy, gifts, pictures, cards, letters, words, promises, secrets, adventures)
  • Broken relationships still remain part of your history and your memory.
  • Relationships that end and begin other relationships.
  • New relationships that find out the history of old relationships.
  • The “other” parties in new relationships that have to deal with feelings about the past.

 Relationship Wisdom:

  • Your relationships need to be in the will of God.  (Romans 12:1-2)
  • Impose strict guidelines and rules on your relationships.
  • Any relationship that leads you away from God or spirituality is bad.
  • Your most important relationship is with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 3:1-11, New International Version

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