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How we value our relationships is so important. God has not created us to live alone. Consequently, He has given family and friends to us. Not by chance or luck, but by providence, He has placed people in our lives to encourage and bless us. How you value those relationships speaks clearly about how we value our God. Our relationship with God is crucial in our ability to value and maintain meaningful relationships with others. When our relationship with God is intact, we can love and appreciate others, and thank God for them. Your assignment today is to inventory your relationships. If any are weak, work on them. If your relationship with God is not where it needs to be, work on that. I cannot say it clearer: relationships are important! Our scripture is Ephesians 4:30.

 “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, He has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.”

In this moving passage, Paul speaks about not grieving the Holy Spirit. He is concerned about speech, the way we talk and live. He is dealing with ethical teaching. Paul is aware of the old nature and wants his fellow believers to value one another. He knew the importance of relationship and knew that when we treat others ungodly, it grieves the Holy Spirit. He wanted them to put away all bitterness and wrath. In essence, he wanted them to love and respect each other. Paul knew that the body is connected and the importance of relationships that God had ordained. Honor God for the way He has created meaningful relationships in your life.