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‘For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify my office’ (Rom 11 v 13)
‘Faithful are the wounds of a friend but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful’ (Prov. 27 v 5)
I was shocked to read a lovely article by a former aide to the President of Nigeria about the day he left office to his home state in the south. He claimed that his phones stopped ringing intermittently and was left aloof like a leper, those who surrounded him when he was in office deserted him and shamelessly gravitated towards the new occupant of the office. They could not even wait one year or gradually disconnect from the person even though he has left the office.
I recall my wife had a similar experience when she left her position in government, her phones stopped ringing, the gifts stopped flowing and the house almost became a ghost town but for her many ‘good works’, sacrificial lifestyle and sincere church relationships she had developed.
I’ve always believed in Relationships that’s why I don’t like burning bridges and breaking off relationships in life. It takes a lot of time to build relationship so we should not take them for granted. Our faith is all about ‘people’, they matter to God and Jesus came to this earth to die for the sins of humanity.
One of the best gifts you can give yourself after salvation of your soul is the gift of a good friend. We often ignore that the best gifts are not things but beings…give yourself faith in Christ and good friends, they will stick to you like a glue, do not be deceived with workplace friends because they may vanish once you leave the office.
Wise people treasure relationships for companionship, friendship, and fun. The Unwise see people as objects to use for their own selfish purposes and not for mutual benefits which should be the least. We should strive to excel in selflessly in helping others because people matter above Profits and office.
4 WAYS TO DEVELOP AND KEEP RELATIONSHIPS
- BE FRIENDS INDEED: The popular adage goes, ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed’, so the best way to be a friend is indeed not in words. Make up your mind to love someone genuinely today and you would have acted as a friend.
- BE LOYAL: The glue that binds hearts together is Loyalty, those who are loyal are considered the most faithful in relationships. I demand loyalty from those I call friends and associates, because I also pledge my loyalty to them and theirs.
- BE TRUTHFUL IN LOVE: This is where many people fail those, they call friends and have relationships with, truthfulness. The wounds of a friend are better than kisses of a foe, I like it when those close to me share their opinions with me truthfully but hate it when they go behind me to speak ill of my actions when they have access to me. The Bible says we should speak the truth in love.
- BE PROTECTIVE: I love to defend my associates and protect them. My wife is my best friend and I have always protected her with everything I have, it’s important to be protective of those you love in public without shying away from telling them the truth privately.
I hope you have been blessed by this article. It’s important to be inspired to act not just to know.
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