God did not intend man to be alone.
Healthy relationships are important for both our mental health and spiritual health. Strong healthy relationships can bring joy to our lives can keep us active and motivated. Relationships can provide us with a way to vent another view point or perspective. In the spiritual good relationships are necessary to get the work of the ministry done and to show forth the true strength of god. For Example, when you look at the five fold ministry or the gifts of the spirit that god has provided for the church we see that all of the gifts and ministries were designed to work together for a common goal and all parts are necessary. 1 Corinthins 12 lets us know that there are many parts but one body.
There are many types of relationships to include, the husband- wife, child- parent, pastor- members, pastor- family, employee- worker, friend- friend. God did not intend the body or for us to operate without relationships. It was his prayer that we be one.
He did not intend for us to get mad with someone and just stop speaking, to get mad with someone in church and decide we are not going back. Those types of behaviors hurt you because you are cut off from what god has for you.
Some of us because of our past hurts and rejections are very sensitive in this area. Because of what happened to us or unresolved issue we are quick to take offence when someone is telling us the truth. We are quick to stop speaking to someone who we perceives has hurt us. This is an area to prayer in if this applies to you.
Yes we will have disagreements within and outside of the body of Christ, but if it is in the church or with a church member we have a biblical pattern for dealing with problems. And that pattern is found in Math 18:15-17.
We are not just to ignore problems in fact the bible tells us to speak truth in love. Sometimes we think that if we don’t say anything or just ignore an issue that means we are getting along or keeping the peace. For too long we have ignored problems, not spoken about issues that have only come back to haunt us latter. Many of us are dealing with sexual abuse, physical abuse and other issues that have happened to us as a child that no one talked about or just ignored.
If you know there is a problem and you don’t address it you could be headed for an even bigger one. No we are to speak truth. But we have to get to a point where we stop cutting people off because they hurt our feelings. No I am not saying that you should stay in an abusive relationship or a relationship that is no longer helpful I am just saying that there is a way to do it. (IGBATTMHO ALL Rights Reserved)