Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships

Our overall health is multi-faceted. We often refer to spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health—all huge components in our well-being and that of others.  A larger umbrella that encompasses various aspects of these elements is cultivating healthy relationships.  How well do we interact and get along with others that we share our world and lives with? After all, to understand and be understood is at the core of positive change.

Our relationship with God requires sacrifice. His relationship with us required nothing less than the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Building a relationship or restoring is dependent on the willingness of both parties to sacrifice for each other without making demands in return.

Christian author, counselor, and founder of New Life Ministries, Steve Arterburn shares some relationship advice on major contrasts between healthy and unhealthy relationships.  They include forgiveness vs. resentment, sacrifice vs. demanding sacrifice, friendship vs. victimization, reality vs. fantasy, honesty vs. deception, and security vs. fear. Understanding these contrasts can help us learn how healthy relationships work and how we can grow toward them.  

There is rich content on building healthy relationships on our site to help you develop strong, Christ-centered relationships with people in all aspects of your life.  Just a few topics include:

  • Setting Ministry Boundaries
  • Christian Friendship Advice
  • Finding Balance
  • Healthy Living/Developing a Healthier Lifestyle
  • Ministry Bullying/Gossip in Ministry
  • Christian Devotions on Relationships
  • How to Handle Conflict
  • Friendships

Seeking and maintaining unity in the body of Christ is best obtained when we pursue prayer, mutual respect, affection, trust, honesty, affection, and allow each other the freedom of being ourselves. Ephesians 4:2-3 states, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”   May we navigate well through the relational health maze, seeking our Heavenly Father as we pursue healthy relationships. 

When a conflict arises, the feelings are usually anger and hurt. Here are several suggestions for resolving conflict that may help friendships heal. Read more


Try these tips to help you successfully navigate your own way or help others take on the new role of caregiving. Read more

Serving Others

Do you feel unloved? Do you struggle to earn love or approval, but can’t seem to qualify no matter what you do or say? Find hope here. Read more


How many times a day do you say “I’m sorry?” You may have a habit of taking blame for things that are not your fault. So how do you let go of false guilt? Read more


Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a marital translator? Someone who steps in when things get lost in translation? Good news! No one knows your mate like God! Read more

Marriage Advice

Listen closely as you talk with others about your family and your children. Do you say “I, me, my, and mine” when you could say “we, us, our, and ours?” Read more

Parenting Advice

“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Prov. 25:11). Why not let your words be a blessing to someone today? Read more


How do you handle little annoyances common in marriage? A simple way is to develop a “catch-phrase”, your secret code that allows you both to get back on track. Read more


It is possible to forgive and not forget! Confusing forgiving with forgetting results in unsafe relationships, false expectations, and reluctance to forgive. Read more


Thank God for underwear friends; they lift, support, squeeze, and even pinch us if necessary. These true friends are God’s resources that gird us up for battle. Read more


It’s important to understand that forgiveness isn’t a one and done experience; it requires time and space for both ourselves and others to heal and to forgive. Read more

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Family mealtimes help connect and build meaningful relationships. Even with our fast-paced lifestyles, family dinner hour can still happen. Read these tips! Read more


We often strive to have a compassionate heart just like Jesus. Yet, how do we feel the sorrows of others without starting to drown in their pain ourselves? Read more


The words we say and the words we don’t say change lives, especially those of our children. There is power in our words. Read more

Parenting Advice

People matter more than schedules, more than programs. Relationships are what so much of life is about. Read more


How many of us live with emotional pain from our formative years, constantly searching for that best friend to fill the void created by a tragedy? Read more

Emotional Health

Do you have difficulty sharing your feelings, especially the difficult ones? Here are some healthy ways to communicate your emotions. Read more

Emotional Health

Do you often find your husbands differences irritating? With God’s help, learn to appreciate and delight in them. Read more

Marriage Advice

Is Jesus master of your marriage? Many people invite Jesus to their wedding, but only as a guest. They want God to bless but not to boss! Read more

Marriage Advice

God can take us beyond human forgiveness and stretch us through obedience to experience the joy of reconciliation. Read more

Relationship Health