Keeping together 3
'The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.' Luke 6:38 NLT
Relationships work best two-way. We can't build a strong friendship if it isn't balanced. Maybe you've helped someone when they've been struggling, but they don't do the same for you when you need help. It makes it difficult for you to trust them or rely on them. Not the best basis for a strong, lasting friendship. If we're not prepared to put much effort into a relationship, we can't realistically expect the other person to give up their time and effort for us. When God sends us friends, boyfriends/girlfriends or husbands/wives, we need to be prepared to invest into those relationships. Otherwise, we end up drifting apart and the relationship gets damaged, or falls apart completely.
Luke 6:38 (CEV) tells us: 'If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return. It will be packed down, shaken together, and spilling over into your lap. The way you treat others is the way you will be treated.'
Over the last couple of days, we've seen how relationships are made up of imperfect people. Sometimes we avoid putting too much effort into a relationship because the other person isn't 'perfect'. But, in our search for the 'perfect' friend or 'perfect' partner, we may miss the wonderful but seemingly 'less-than-perfect' person who God wants us to be in relationship with.
So what now? Whatever relationships you're involved with at the moment (friendships or romantic), make a commitment to giving and pouring as much love as you can into them. Keep those relationships together.
Soulfood: Gal 5:22 Lk 19:11-26 Ps 36:5-9 Heb 10:19-23,