Healthy Relationships

In pursuit of deeper relationships, it is essential to identify some elements that may hinder the progress.
#Selfishness is a major one . Do you have those friends who are only there for what they get from you? As long as the agenda befits them they are all in. When it’s your turn to receive support, advise or you just need to vent and unwind, they are nowhere to be found.
Relationship should be a two way street it is not a one way street. Do not be the dead end, receiving but never giving.
#Say no to shallow relationships.

Dangers of shallow relationships include loneliness even when you are with people. “I am lonely yet am not Alone.”
#Bitterness is spewed by thoughts such as, “nobody really cares about me.” You maybe disgruntled but sincerely you are the one to blame. You receive back what you give. It is okay to be vulnerable in pursuit of depth in relationships.
Next time your friend ask how are you go beyond the ,”I am fine”and “am good” responses. They are very superficial. Try sharing how you really are at the moment. Slowly the depth is gained and the facades is chipped away.
#Say no to shallow relationships.

· Unhealthy #competition is a relationship killer. Such competition breeds from insecurity and leads to power struggles. It is okay to have a friend who is more gifted or talented than you. Instead of competing why not complement each other. Learn to celebrate your friends’ achievements with contentment.
Do you have a friend who when you share an achievement the phrase that comes from their mouths is; “even me my time is coming! ” or “I am planning on doing the same soon”.
Com’on take a moment to congratulate and rejoice with your friends first before you think about yourself.

©Pastor Lucy Paynter
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What does it take to grow? Day 8 PASTOR LUCY PAYNTER DAILY INSIGHTS

Honour One Another: Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honouring each other. Romans 12:10 (NLT) Accept One Another: Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. Romans 15:7 (NLT) See also Romans 12:16; 1 Peter 3:8; 1 Corinthians 1:10 Serve One Another: For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13 (NLT) Don’t Condemn One Another: So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. Romans 14:13 (NLT)Submit to One Another: And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21(NLT) See also 1 Peter 5:5 Forgive One Another: Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13 (NLT) See also Ephesians 4:32 Encourage One Another: So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT) See aslo Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 10:24 ; Hebrews 10:25 Love One Another: You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart. 1 Peter 1:22 (NLT) See also Romans 12:10; Ephesians 4:2 Confess your sins to one another: Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect. James 5:16 (HCSB) — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/pastor-lucy-paynter/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pastor-lucy-paynter/support
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