“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4‬:‭9‬-‭10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

There is a proverb that says, ‘A single tree cannot make a forest’, which generally implies the importance of relationships. It has always been God’s idea that mankind thrives in community. This explains why He identified the need for companionship from the beginning (Genesis 2:18). 

The people around you can affect multiple areas of your life, so do not underestimate the power of association.  The association you keep can either spur you into the will of God or pull you away from it (Proverbs‬ ‭27‬:‭17‬).

There are people God can place in your life to take you where He would have you be, and you must recognize them early. The right relationships are essential ingredients in the fulfilment of purpose.

First, in building relationships, you must understand that your actions speak louder than your intent. While God looks at the heart, men will judge by the actions they can see (1 Samuel 16:17). Therefore, building great relationships with people must involve practical steps. 

One great way to start is by imbibing simple communication skills. Always greet people when you see them, smile, and maintain eye contact. Give honest compliments that could lead to a meaningful conversation. Be appreciative when someone does something nice for you, and learn to show your gratitude with gifts (Proverbs 18:16).

Another way is to develop a heart of service. Become a person of value to those around you, and let them be able to depend on you. Bear the burdens of others and do it from your heart (Galatians 6:2). It doesn’t cost anything to be supportive of those around you.

 Believe in people while they are in their formative years; do not discern men after the flesh (2 Corinthians 5:16). Prayer sharpens your discernment when looking for the right association. Pray with and for people.

Finally, you must learn to forgive others just as your heavenly Father does (Ephesians 4:32). Offence will surely arise in any kind of relationship because humans are fallible. Hence, try to make excuses for them and overlook some mistakes.

 Also, don’t allow past hurts to hinder the future relationships God has for you. Ensure that your heart is open towards people in this new year. You must choose to intentionally walk in love.

Child of God, as simple as these things seem, they will work wonders in your relationships. If you want to see a change in the quality of your relationships, cultivate these habits. Ensure to pray that God leads you to the people with whom you can build purposeful relationships.

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