Care & Support Ministry
Maintaining Positive Relationships
Do you find it difficult to maintain healthy relationships with friends, coworkers, and family members? Do you often find yourself entangled in the middle of conflict and strife unsure of how to cope? Do you feel like your relations with others are sinking?
Check the tools that you are using such as your tolerance meter, interpersonal skills, and communication. What steps do you have in place to maintain harmony and cohesion in the workplace, home, and within your group or church family? The Bible teaches us in Galatians 5:22-23 to put love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control into our tool chest which are all the active work of the Holy Spirit! It is often easy to continue to show love through patience, tolerance, and kindness when we agree, however the real work of love comes when we disagree, feel hurt, irritated, or offended!
Tools to build rather than sink relationships should include empathy. Try listening, really listening to the other’s point of view. Then put yourself in their situation, picture yourself walking in their shoes, and check your response meter! Thinking before you speak or react has preserved many relationships, and softness over abrasiveness wins every time! Finally release the need to be right, apologize, and reconcile quickly. Better to strive to resolve minor issues swiftly than to allow an ocean of bad feelings to build a canyon size rift over any issues.
Having difficulty maintaining meaningful relationships? Contact Alicia Hicks for confidential individual counseling sessions at 484-288-0078.