Author: Creflo Dollar
Many times Christians don’t realize the importance of operating according to the Kingdom of God system in every area of their lives, which is seed time and harvest. From finances to family, Believers are to use the seed principle of planting the Word of God in their hearts in order to experience abundance in every area of their lives. Relationships tend to be overlooked when it comes to living this way. Too often, Christians continue to conduct their marriage and family relationships, as well as their relationships with other members of the body of Christ, at a lower standard than God expects. However, only when you conduct your relationships God’s way will you experience true fulfillment.
In Matthew 22:37–40, Jesus lets us know that love is the greatest commandment. It is the preeminent force that must be operating in every Christian’s life in order for everything else to work. Love should be the foundation of every relationship that you have. If you have relationships with people that do not reflect God’s love, it is time to do a self–evaluation. Keeping love as the central focus of your interpersonal relationships is the process by which you align yourself with the Kingdom of God system when relating to others.
We know that if you expect to have success in relationships, you are going to have to do some seed–planting for what you are believing God for. Relationships are no different. Every fruitful relationship that you will experience will be as a result of seeds that you have sown.
You may be wondering what kinds of seeds will help to develop and bring forth good fruit in your relationships with others. First Corinthians 13 talks about the importance of love and it also describes the things that love is not. Envy, jealousy, pride, rudeness, selfishness, touchiness and unforgiveness have no place in the Christian’s relationships with others. In fact, if you sow these types of seeds, you will reap a corresponding harvest of destroyed fellowship and unhealthy relationships. However, when you sow the seeds of love—joy, peace, longsuffering, faith, goodness, meekness, gentleness and temperance—you will experience prosperous relationships.
Psalm 133:1 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” God’s will is that brothers and sisters in the Lord experience connection, fellowship and unity. Whether it is in family relationships or with fellow Christians, prosperous relationships are a critical part of the good life God has ordained for you. To be rich in finances but have no friends is to still have an area of poverty in your life. If you discover that your relationships with others are not what you would like them to be, consider taking these important steps:
- Forgive those who have wronged or hurt you. Forgiveness is a critical part of operating the Kingdom of God system in your relationships with others. Holding on to past hurts does nothing but hurt you. Let it go.
- Make a decision to always walk in love. Love is the curtain rod on which every other blessing and promise of God rests. You have to settle the love issue immediately if you want to experience prosperous relationships. It is not an option or a suggestion, it is a command!
- Sow seeds of love into others. The Bible says that seed time and harvest govern everything in life. If you want friends, show yourself friendly. If you want to experience a heavenly marriage, purpose to treat your spouse according to the Bible’s standards and not the world’s system. By sowing seeds of love and righteousness into the lives of others, you will reap a harvest of the same.
Don’t allow Satan or your past hurts to rob you of the chance to experience the type of relationships that God wants you to have. Forgive, forget and begin to make love a lifestyle. When you operate the Kingdom of God system of seed time and harvest, others will be drawn to the love of God flowing out of you, and you will begin to experience prosperity in your relationships.
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