Sunday, May 16, 2010

Weekly Wisdom

Just a Thought...
" Wealth is not measured by possessions or money... but by the relationships you build, the bonds you strengthen, the people you bring together and by the legacy you leave behind... that... is TRUE wealth."
A Life Lesson...
One thing I have learned in my 50 years of life is that NOTHING is more important than the relationships I have with others.
Scripture to Ponder...
Building Godly Relationships
A person who is a loner is not wise:
Proverbs 18:1 “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment.” Good relationships are a major part of happiness, sometimes they are difficult to achieve. Godly relationships can be a good source of strength. We are constantly relating to people everywhere we go. So it’s important to know how to cultivate these relationships.
It is important to believe in God and each other.
Some Skills to Building Godly Relationships:

1. Be an assertive person, so you can be fair to yourself and others. In other words, love others like you love yourself. Do to others, as you will have them do to you.
2. Real friends love the other person when they are not very lovable.
Prov. 17:17 "A friend loveth at all times and a brother is born for adversity."That means that we must sometimes love the unlovely.
3. Be flexible, so you can negotiate and come to a compromise, it’s about being open to someone else’s idea. Not always having things your own way all the time.
4. Taking an earnest look at your past relationships, and seeing what you did right that worked, and most especially what did not work. What do most people close to you, complain about you the most. Could some of them be right? Listen to Godly counsel.
5. Look for people that are going where you want to go, in your walk with God. Proverbs 12:26 “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, the way of the wicked leads them astray.”
6. Look for the good in the relationship, not always what is wrong. Proverbs 19:11 “The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.”
7. Know who to put your confidence in: Proverbs 25:19 “ Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.” Only God is completely dependable, no man is created to carry all your emotional weight.
8. Stop making a big deal out of things that really weren’t a big deal at all. Don’t blow out a candle with a fire truck.
9. Look for the good in people Philippians 4:8 “Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things.”
10. Be a good listener to know the heart of other people. James said, "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." (James 1:19-20)

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