Improving Our Relationships

This week I read an article by Rick Warren that talked about how we can improve our relationships. His key point was that we must learn to serve others. The fact is we often focus on our own wants and needs, which can make it seem like life revolves around us.
And if this is how both people in a relationship are viewing things, it’s going to cause challenges and conflicts in that relationship. This is why we must learn to serve others. Serving others will change our heart, which will ultimately change the way our relationships look.
One of the key values God desires for all of us is to learn to be selfless instead of selfish. It’s the example that Jesus set for all of us. Matthew 20:28 tells us: “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
All we have to do is look at the Gospels and read the stories of Jesus. There we see Him show love and compassion time and time again as He graciously serves others. He would always put others before Himself.

We are called to imitate the life of Christ. To love like He loved, to serve like He served. When we live in this way, we live our life not for our own benefit but for the benefit of others.
And if we can learn to live life this way, there’s no doubt that our relationships will improve. People enjoy being around those who genuinely care about them and who put them first.
My encouragement for all of us this week is that we seek to do a better job of serving others. We need to ask the Lord to show us how we can improve. We need to read the stories of Jesus and let His life inspire us. Because I truly believe that learning to serve others better, will improve and transform our relationships.

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