Our relationships should rank among the most crucial aspects of our lives as Christians. God has commanded us to love Him above all else. However, He has told us that loving other people is the second most crucial aspect of our life.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:36-40

As a result, we should place a high value on our interpersonal relationships. Certain biblical concepts can support us in developing stronger bonds with the people we love, whether we are dating or married. When discussing such a broad subject as how a Christian should navigate relationships, countless things might be stated. Three of them are listed below.

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  • Our treatment of our spouses is a reflection of how we respect God

Actually, it is not about them. God is the center of everything. Even when we do not show people the proper love, our connection with God ultimately determines why we do not. People will not be able to love and serve us properly if our walk with God is not going well, just as we will not be able to do so without being connected to Christ. Due to our rich, regular contact with God, who is love, we are able to provide magnificent examples of selfless love to others. However, in order to spend more time focused on God, we must spend less time focusing on other people. Therefore, we must support it because if we put God above them, we will be able to love them more effectively in the long term.

  • Ask questions and pay attention more

Our ability to communicate effectively will directly affect the quality of our relationships. Most of us have a little issue filling the air with our own words and fears. To genuinely hear and comprehend what others are going through is difficult for us. Therefore, we must make sure to listen intently and ask thoughtful questions if we want to truly make our partners feel our love. The Lord hears us, and if we want to love our spouses properly and have wonderful relationships, we need to slow down and genuinely listen to what they have to say.

  • We should avoid making our significant other an extension of ourselves

Making individuals we are in a relationship with into our own image is another immoral inclination we as people have. When a husband-and-wife quarrel, occasionally one of them is right and the other is wrong, however, most of the time the disagreement is just an attempt to project their image onto the other person. We frequently believe that our personality traits, preferences, and aspirations are correct. The majority of church divisions are not caused by doctrinal disagreements but rather by individual preferences and a refusal to consider alternative viewpoints. If we care for someone, we should want them to look more and more like Jesus.

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