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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. 


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

Forgiveness

When women are trusting you with their difficult situations and hoping for help, how do you offer godly counsel well? Read more

Relationship Health

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Parenting Advice

Ultimately, we must care about the world because God cares about it. We don't want to miss the heart of God because we are too busy looking at ourselves. Read more

Culture

Do you tend to worry about the problems of other people? Learn the signs of suffering from secondhand worry. Read more

Worry

Learn to let go of your pride and find blessing in allowing others to help carry you to Jesus. Read more

Relationship Health

Jesus is our ultimate mentor, but God gifts us with community. If we’re honest, we are mentoring and being mentored all the time. But we need to be intentional about both. Read more

Relationship Health

God commands us to "rejoice with those who rejoice", even when that sometimes feels so very impossible. Read more

Community

Doing a digital detox gives us space and allows us to think. It allows us to be present with those around us and helps us reconnect with ourselves and with God. Read more

Culture

Do you find yourself in a never-ending cycle of worrying about other people’s problems and trying to fix their lives for them? Read more

Worry

Studies show that you and I crave empathy, yet we live in a “selfie” world where empathy is in short supply. Follow these tips to help raise your own empathy for others. Read more

Culture

Young women of today are incredibly unique. What does this younger generation need from women today? Try these 5 tips to help you relate better. Read more

Women's Ministry

Understanding the big picture is important before you begin loving a person in need. Read more

Community

We all know someone facing a trial. Author Sarah Beckman provides practical tools so you can walk alongside people in their times of greatest need. Read more

Community

Have you been able to set some healthy limits when it comes to ministering to the difficult people in your life? Read more

Difficult Relationships

What makes a marriage and ministry partnership last for more than seven decades? Read more

Marriage Advice

When someone is in a difficult place, they will often take all that you will give. So, what do you as a helper when you're on the verge of burnout? Read more

Difficult Relationships

You don't have to look far to see that there is a lot of tearing down of others rampant everywhere. What if we looked to encourage people instead? Read more

Community

It is ironic that in our age of mega-connection, many are feeling lonely and disconnected. Read more

Community

When you are in crisis, let others help you. Read more

Physical Health