6 Essentials to Healthy Relationships

by Milton Eder

What is your definition of love? Love is…the commitment of my will to your needs and best interests, regardless of the cost to me. There are 6 essentials (non-negotiable principles) necessary if you want to enjoy a calm and rested spirit on an ongoing basis with the people in your life.

1st necessity: We must maintain an attitude of forgiveness. Forgiveness isn’t a feeling, it is a decision – a step of obedience.

2nd necessity: We must live our lives within the boundaries of God’s Word. It’s not about how we feel but a matter of what is right and wrong according to God’s Word.

3rd necessity: Everyday life must always be lived against the backdrop of eternity. How often do we lose our view of where we are headed and focus instead on the temporal things of this life as if they are the eternal.

4th necessity: Accepting and serving are the best antidotes for suffering.

5th necessity: We must discipline our desires. Cultivate contentment instead of coveting. The “what-if” attitude only serves to hinder our contentment and distract us from our true purpose.

6th necessity: We must manage our resources. We must be careful stewards of the things that really matter whether they are relationships or things. This requires responsibility and maturity. It demands work and doesn’t accept excuses. It forces us to reevaluate priorities. It will make us reconsider our purpose for living.

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