Recently, I came to understand something about relationships that I want to share with you today.
Relationships are not just about fun, pictures, excitements, butterflies in the stomach, love emoticons, cinemas and all of those other fun stuff.
Relationships are also about tears, temptations to give up, breaking and making. If the relationship you are in is not making you a better person in every way – a better communicator, a better forgiver, a better giver – then you are in the wrong relationship and you need to get out.
I believe that relationships were designed by God to break and make us, and it all depends on what you are seeing in your relationship.
Are you seeing your flaws or that of your partner’s?
Right from Jesus’ time, it has always been easier to overlook the log of wood in one’s eyes and focus on the speck in another person’s eyes. Interesting, isn’t it?
I mean, it is easier to see where your partner has missed it, how your partner should work on this character flaw or that character flaw, how your partner should be more deliberate about improving and all of that.
But, what about YOU? Are you despising your partner’s corrections because you feel that you are all that and more, and that you can do no wrong, say no wrong or think no wrong?
Well, you are so wrong because nobody gets into a relationship all perfect and lacking nothing.
Therefore, it is important to also see your relationship for what it is beyond the excitement – a breaking and making platform for God to produce Christ in you.
Think about it just for a bit. Don’t you see how loving your partner the 1 Cor. 13: 4 way is the surest way to have a thriving relationship, and in turn become a better person?
Verse four downwards of that scripture says,
Love is PATIENT with her partner. Love is KIND to his partner. Love is not ENVIOUS of her boo; love is not PUFFED up or prideful; love does not try to show his bae that he is way better than she is. Love does not BEHAVE RUDELY to her boo.
Love is not SELFISH with stuff; it does not hide stuff away from his bae. Love is not provoked; it is not EASILY ANGERED by any little thing that her boo does. Love thinks no evil towards her boo.
Love does not rejoice in iniquity by telling his boo to have premarital sex before marriage. Love rejoices and stands with the truth in her relationship with her boo.
Love BELIEVES all things, HOPES all things and BEARS all things with his bae even when the world seems to be falling apart.
Well, can you say you have done all of these things perfectly in your relationship? If you have, that’s awesome. But if you haven’t, it is time to allow your relationship birth something beautiful out of you.
Stop allowing your focus on your partner’s issues blind you from seeing your own flaws.
May the Lord grant us more understanding in Jesus name. Amen!
CONFESSION FOR THE DAY
My relationship produces Christ in me.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord, open my eyes to see who I really am and help me become more like you.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Relationships are platforms for becoming more like Christ.
ACTION PLAN FOR THE DAY
Read the bible reading for today
BIBLE READING FOR THE DAY
1 Cor. 13
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