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209 – Sowing Seeds for Relational Success

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A biblical principle says that you have to sow in order to reap a harvest. The people of God were told time and time again to “sow and reap.” Here is an example: “with regular sowing and reaping, planting and harvesting” (Isa. 37:30 MSG). Our question for today is “What are you sowing into your relationships?” People sow many things into their relationships: resentment, hatefulness, care, neglect, love, compassion, separation, togetherness, misunderstanding. The Apostle Paul said, “Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest” (Gal. 6:7 MSG). So, let’s look at some things you can sow into your relationships here at the holiday season that will make your season more joyful.

You can sow praise into your relationships. Speaking of a good woman Solomon said, “Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!” (Prov. 31:31 MSG). That is the principle of praise. It works for both sexes at any age. When you see people in your relational sphere who deserve praise, share it! Remember, affirm what you want and you will receive more of it in any relationship.

You can also sow honesty into your relationships. Lovingly and truthfully sharing your heart with one you care about will always work well in a healthy relationship. “Save your breath for the wise—they’ll be wiser for it; tell good people what you know—they’ll profit from it” (Prov. 9:8 MSG). Openness is a gift to any relationship. It is important to hear instruction, and it is important to be able to give it. How it is given and how it is received will be determined by the maturity of the relationship. Humility should be exercised by each person involved.

You can also sow time together into your relationships. If you want a relationship to last, you have to spend time together. Jesus was a good example as He was often in the presence of those He loved and discipled. He constantly took them with Him and taught them. “After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them” (Jn. 3:22 NIV). Know what the one or ones you care about love and schedule times to share it with them. Pray together, plan together, play together. Participation in a relationship is vital to its success. Whether it is with a spouse, friends, or other acquaintance, this principle works.

You can sow unconditional love into your relationships. Jesus said, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” (Jn. 15:11–12 NIV). Make sure you take care of the needs of those you love. Know what their needs are and minister with them as Jesus did with those He loved. Look for ways to magnify things that are positive. Avoid the negative. Support those you love in pursuing their goals. Learn to say “I’m sorry,” when you are wrong. Avoid being rude and contentious. Speak and act gently and lovingly.

Make the person(s) you care about feel loved and significant in this season when so many are depressed by their circumstances. It will be the season of joy as you sow seeds of relational success!

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