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In life there are loving and caring people who have great relationships with their friends, coworkers, relatives, as well as other acquaintances. Relationships are not always easily sustainable because they have their ups and downs. There are times in any relationship where you will have disagreements with a few misunderstandings; however, in a sustaining relationship you will seek ways to overcome your differences. The process isn’t easy because oftentimes, relationships have to go through the good times as well as the bad times for it to grow. But despite all of this, you can always find a way to make it work. A word of advice when troubled, just think of the happy times and think positive. This might help sustain your relationships.

File this quote away in your mind: “It is said that health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.” Lasting relationships and friendships are built around this premise.

One of the great things God does for us is that he provides us with friends who stay lifelong friends. This is one of his ways of putting people in our lives that can give us encouragement, support, and advice. As Chaplain, I am always hopeful that I have given encouragement and sound advice to others as needed. Whenever I visit with my coworkers, I let them know that I have a listening ear and that I am always ready to give encouragement whenever difficult times occur at work, home or out and about.

Know that God will work for us restoring broken relationships if we only believe and have faith that he wants the best for us. He works in us and through us providing us with purpose in life so that we can be productive in society. All humanity yearns for sustaining relationships because we were created not to be isolated but rather to have viable relationships.

A word of caution: It’s sad when God’s people don’t spend time developing friendships, and instead choose to go off on their own. We all need checks and balances in life to stop us from making irreversible mistakes and for encouragement when life has gotten us down.

So, thank God for those he has chosen to be encouragers and supporters. The question to you is who are you being a friend to right now? Who has God put on your heart to strengthen and walk alongside? Ask him to help you be a faithful friend that together you can rejoice in what he does through your combined friendship. Remember people need friends because no one can go it alone in this world and Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten
chaplain@lhp.net