The Importance Of Multiple Relationships

Relationships—the more the merrier.
Have as many as you can make
The more relationships you have, the happier you’ll be
They will help avoid feeling lonely
That means more folks sharing your interests
Keeping you active and engaged in life activities
And helping to make it purposeful to live

So, forge new relationships beyond your family
Smile to show yourself friendly 1
Make yourself available to be reached
Help someone when they are in need

Because life changes
The same folk will not always be in your life or around
Relationships have a purpose cycle 2
As life and mutual interests change
The need for a friend will always be there
So, having multiple relationships is a treasure.

Scripture Reference(s)
1Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

2 Ecclesiastes 3:1, To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A Loving Family Matters

I noticed the backgrounds of successful people, not just celebrities but local people who are strong
leaders and good in their crafts. What all of them seem to have in common is a loving family. The make up of a family varies. Some are large, some are small. They can be mixed races or same gender. The bottom line is it is a group of people, (not necessarily blood related) who will show love and support no matter what.

Well, don’t everyone have this? Absolutely not. Some children are born to parents who abuse them.
Some didn’t even stand a chance at a normal, safe life. Some older people are forgotten about or neglected. Some spouses create abusive environments. And then there are families where love is just not pervasive. Not necessarily an environment of abuse, but an environment of just co-existing with minimal love and support.

It’s good to want to achieve and reach your goals or make a positive impact in society. But it is virtually impossible to do it without people in your corner who are going to provide unconditional love and support to you. No matter what good you try to do, there will be folk trying to knock you down by
saying or doing hurtful things. Then there’s the stress and pressure that comes with about any job. Nothing relieves trouble like knowing when you go home, there will be people there waiting to embrace you and love you no matter what happened.

Scripture References:
1 John 4:7, Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God,
and knoweth God.

John 13:34, A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye
also love one another.

Galatians 6:2, Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Forgiven But Not Restored

A broken relationship can’t necessarily be restored by asking a person to forgive you. They can say they
forgive you, but you may notice they don’t act the same with you. Sometimes the pain inflicted is so
deep, your relationship with them will not be restored.

What can be done in a situation like this? Who has a solution? What if it’s impossible to restore the
relationship due to the amount of time passed or the person has passed? Unlike the movies, life doesn’t
always have a happy ending. And some things you just have to accept.

Inflicting pain on another is wrong and sometimes it’s done inadvertently like saying something hurtful.
Other times it’s done without fully understanding the long term effects on another’s life. Whatever the
cause, a recognition of wrong doing should be made to God.

  1. And even though people may not forgive and be interested in restoring the relationship,
  2. you can take some comfort in knowing that God will forgive you and have a relationship with you
  3. And is capable of doing the impossible like restoring broken relationships.

Scripture reference(s)
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more
can ye, except ye abide in me.
Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?; Luke 18:27 And
he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God