Relationships 101

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Do you want to change the people in your life? Start by changing yourself. And the perfect place to begin is with your words.

"Perhaps you think we're saying these things just to defend ourselves. No, we tell you this as Christ's servants, and with God as our witness. Everything we do, dear friends, is to strengthen you." 2 Corinthians 12:19, NLT

Relationships are difficult. They require work, constant attention and above all, they should be filled with love. Of course, this is easier said than done in many cases. What happens when you are dealing with a difficult person? Often, we begin identifying what is wrong with the other person, but what if we looked first at ourselves? What if we first asked, "How should I respond?"

Proverbs 15:1 "A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare." NLT

In our flesh, we don't feel like returning anger with a gentle answer, but it will put the fire out. A harsh word makes it escalate. It's amazing how much the Bible mentions the effect of our words. Watching your words can make your job better,your relationships better, and give you fewer regrets later. Do you want to change the people in your life? Start by changing yourself--and the perfect place to begin is with your words. Respond in love, and God can do amazing things in all your relationships.

Life Lesson: You can be changed today. Every relationship you have including your job can be improved today.

Dear God,

Thank You for the love You have shown me. Help me to show love in my relationships and to watch my words. Give me the strength to be slow to speak and slow to become angry. Use my life to change the world, one relationship at a time. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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