Let your relationship with Jesus set the tone of every other relationship in your life.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. – Matthew 6:13
- Keep Jesus at the center of your relationship goals.
As Jesus shared in the Lord’s Prayer with the disciples, let us remember today to not be led by temptation when it comes to our relationship goals. Perhaps you’re really desiring to be married by a certain age and you’re wondering why it’s taking so long for the guy you’re dating to get himself together. Maybe you’re still single and you’re wondering where are the good men in your life. Perhaps you’re already in a healthy relationship, but you feel yourself craving for more. Whatever it is, don’t let the temptation to do more in your love life cause you to take your eyes off of the One who loved you first! When the anxiety and the stress begin to take a toll on your heart and you’re not sure how you’re going to be able to continue, it is Jesus Christ that will sustain you.
- Keep people around you who keep Christ at the center of your relationship goals.
If you’re constantly surrounding yourself with people who only want to date around, or who have relationship goals that are solely based on physical appearance and a person’s status, without even realizing it, you will be pressured to try to meet those earthly expectations while you’re trying to simultaneously meet Christ centered expectations. Earthly goals for relationships in forever changing, but when you make Christ your goal, it’s a game changer. Surround yourself with people who know that. Surround yourself with friends who don’t just look for the guy with the most chiseled body or highest paying job. Aim for the kind of friendships that are centered on Christ, because when you do, you will find that you’re not trying to so hard to impress people by what you’re wearing, who you’re dating, etc. Keep people around you who are in good Christ centered relationships and keep friends close by who are pursuing that as well. It makes a difference!