Homosexuality is an incredibly difficult subject for two opposing sides to discuss. It is one of the few biblical sins by which people deeply identify themselves. Whereas someone addicted to alcohol may admit they are “an alcoholic,” the term is generally descriptive, not the primary identifier of the core of a person. The belief of many that their sexuality defines them makes a biblical declaration of the sinfulness of homosexuality an attack on the individual, instead of the act and attitude. (read more)
Relational conflict and differences of opinion are inevitable when you live and work closely with people. You don’t have to be a missionary to experience this. In fact, you don’t have to look any further than your own marriage. How can it be that the person you love the most in the world is also the person you sin against most often and from whom you continually need to seek forgiveness? Here are seven simple (but not easy) biblical steps that can help you foster love and unity in any relationship. (read more)
The ultimate key to having good relationships with others is to first focus on our relationship with God, which is the most important relationship of our lives. When we have a right relationship with God, He gives us His Spirit, which empowers us to relate to others in a godly manner. When the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) is evident in our interactions, and we're not focused only on ourselves, better relationships result.
Our first step is getting right with God. (read more)
Getting Right with Others
Life consists of relationships—some are pleasant and some are not. Yet Jesus has instructed His followers to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39, NIV). In fact, Jesus even said “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, (Luke 6:27, NIV).
Do you want to build the right foundation to avoid problems and enjoy the benefits of treating people as God expects? Perhaps you are currently experiencing difficulties with someone that need to be resolved? Whatever your situation, the Bible teaches many principles to help us have healthy relationships. Click on a category below to discover more.
Broken Relationships (see articles)
Dating & Courtship (see articles)
Divorce & Remarriage (see articles)
Manhood & Womanhood (see articles)
Marriage (see articles)
Parenting (see articles)
Getting along with others is often difficult because we all have our own personal issues to deal with. Sometimes, we find we just can’t do what we really need to do.
If your spiritual life isn’t in good condition, and someone makes you angry, you may tend to swallow it and be nice, and falsely call it Christianity. But the Christian life isn’t about perfecting your acting abilities, and pretending is no fun when you’re angry. You become tense and up tight inside and sooner or later, your anger bursts out in ways that hurt you and others around you. (read more)
Are you feeling hurt, furious and mad as can be, because of a circumstance or a person? But when asked “How are you?” you smile and say “I’m fine.”
For some reason, we think that Christianity is to control our emotions. We think “As long as I don’t let my anger show, I’m being a good Christian.” Unfortunately, holding it in isn’t dealing with it. The Christian life isn’t a matter of improving you acting ability. It’s a matter of yielding yourself to God’s Spirit, right where you find yourself. (read more)
When we have a relationship with God we are able to respond to the people and the events of our life based on that relationship, not on our circumstances. This is not something that you “crank up” for yourself; it is something you allow God to do through you. (read article)