Why Do I Value Relationships?

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching” Hebrews 10:25

Relationships matter to God. He made that very clear when he chose to make Eve as a help mate for Adam. And from there arose the idea of family, and from family the idea of community. God has always meant for us to be together, whether in a church body or another form of small group or community.

But yet, so many people in the world today think they are better off tackling life alone. Why is it that too often we feel that relationships don’t matter? Why do we hole up and convince ourselves we don’t need anyone else to know us on a deeper level?

If we want to have relationships and success, we have to put our heart out there. Sometimes people will stab it, or take advantage of it, or just be downright mean – but the relationships overall are what matter. If you are humble and quick to forgive, you’ll be able to grow and nurture lifelong relationships that don’t crumble by the weight of little hurts. (After all, we are all human and we all make mistakes. In fact, it seems its those who we love the most that we hurt the most. But forgiveness can right those wrongs and retain those relationships.)

What can be even more harmful is when we do have others around us who love and care for us, but we chose to put other things ahead of spending quality time together. Read More