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Keys to Positive Relationships

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Philippians 1:3–11 NLT
3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. 7 So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. 8 God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus. 9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

FOUR KEYS TO POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS

1. BE THANKFUL FOR THE POSITIVE IN PEOPLE.

Philippians 1:3 NLT
3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.

Lesson #1: REMEMBER THE BEST… FORGET THE REST

Paul Appreciated Loyal Friendships

Philippians 1:5 TEV
5 because of the way in which you have helped me in the work of the gospel from the very first day until now.

If you want positive relationships, focus on their strengths or positive qualities.

2. PRACTICE POSITIVE PRAYING.

Philippians 1:4 NLT
4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy,

Lesson #2: THE FASTEST WAY TO CHANGE A RELATIONSHIP FROM BAD TO GOOD IS TO BEGIN THANKING GOD FOR THEM IN PRAYER.

Positive Praying will do two things:

1. Change your Attitude

2. Them

Four Things Paul Prays for...

Philippians 1:9–11 NLT
9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

Pray they will grow in love.

Pray they will make wise choices.

Pray they will do the right thing.

Pray they will live for God’s Glory.

3. BE PATIENT WITH SMALL STEPS.

Philippians 1:6 NLT
6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

What God Begins, God will Finish.

Lesson #3: GOD IS NOT FINISHED WITH PEOPLE.

John 1:12 NIV
12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

Our Mistake: We judge people by how far they have to go rather than how far they have come.

4. LOVE PEOPLE LIKE JESUS DOES.

Philippians 1:8 NLT
8 God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.
Romans 5:5 TEV
5 This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.
Lesson #4: THE SECRET OF POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS IS TO BE FILLED WITH GOD’S LOVE.
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