CULTIVATING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP (1)

CULTIVATING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP (PART 1) BIBLE TEXT ; 2 THES 3:13-15

A relationship can be familial, formal, cordial, friendly, religious, etc. depending on the environment where it is formed, its sphere of influence, or the aim it wants to accomplish.

Some relationships are formed with the aim of fulfilling certain purposes. In the same way, when some people want to do certain things, like stealing, gossipping, immorality, there are certain friends that naturally come to their mind. But when they need help and serious advise, there are also certain people they think about too.

This is because relationships operate on different levels.

Relationship can be termed healthy or unhealthy.

AN UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIP
It’s when the outcome of this acquintance is detrimental to the progress of life and family of the people involved.

THREE DIFFERENT FORMS OF UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

(i) The Partners In Crime; It aims at satisfying canal desires (Gal 5;19-21)
– Once you see their clique around, you know that they are up to something evil.
– Their friendship lasts as long as they continue in their reckless life style and secrecy, and it terminates as soon as one party opts out of that kind of life.

(ii) The Impressionists (1 Cor 15;33)                                                                                                                                  – People here are men pleasers because they are searching for acceptance.
– Here, a person tries to bend his character and begins to imbibe negative lifestyle in order to please his acquintances: e.g smoking, drinking, womanizing, staying late nights, etc.

(iii) The Odd Men Out (2 Cor 6;14-15)                                                                                                                                – They are not bad and they don’t want to be bad, but they hang out with bad people.
– His life witnesses stagnation, and even retrogradation because he is being equally yoked with negative people in an unhealthy relationship.
– Since sometimes he is the only good person in their circle of friends, most times he suffers casuality in his personal life, finance, marriage, spiritually, etc,  because evil communication corrupts good manner. (1 Cor 15:33)

Conclusion.
Any relationship/friendship that affects your life negatively and leads you away from God is not good for you, it is unhealthy. The Bible says in 1 Cor 6;17 – ‘Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate……’

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