It’s all about relationships: Closing comments

Romans 12--10

Over the past 10 days or so the blog entries on Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe have focused on the concept “It’s all about relationships,” the theme from a life-changing conference attended three years that related seven principles that can be universally applied to “launch, challenge, and grow relationships.” While we can universally apply these principles in achieving and maintaining successful relationships, we can also specifically apply them in the area of race relations, a critically important area in America today.

 

Upon further reflection on the series of entries, I recall a statement from Dr. Augustin Fuentes on the subject of race, pointing out some of the myths associated with the subject:

There is not a single biological element unique to any of the groups we call white, black, Asian, Latino, etc. In fact, no matter how hard people try, there has never been a successful scientific way to justify any racial classification, in biology. This is not to say that humans don’t vary biologically, we do, a lot.  But rather that the variation is not racially distributed. . . . Seriously, there are no biological races in humans today, period.

The point of the discussion is that there is only one race, the human race, as Acts 17:26 so clearly reveals Jehovah God’s divine design for humanity:

Acts 17:26 (NLT):

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,

In light of that reality, the seven principles discussed and shared are indeed universal concepts that apply to all relationship—indeed, “It is all about all relationships.”

Whether with God, family, friends, co-workers, husband or wife,

“It’s all about relationships,” the foundation of life.

These seven principles are related to verbs that connote action when specifically applied in terms of what should be done to “one another.” The reciprocal pronoun used in the plural carries the notion of a group of people acting upon themselves, i.e., upon one another. For example, we are to “love another and so forth. . .”

1) Love

2) Honor

3)  Forgive

4)  Encourage

5)  Admonish

6)  Serve

7)  Make peace

The following poem summarizes the seven principles which form the foundation as we learn to

Value and Steward Relationships

“Paying close attention to the relationships in your life is not an extracurricular activity–           it’s the reason for life itself.”

Dane Findley

 

 

We must learn to value and steward relationships,

As we ever strive to launch, grow and to maintain them.

We form a seven-fold perfected cord of purpose:

Golden strands of strength intertwine with one another.

1

To decide, demonstrate, freely give and practice love:

The first thread whereby we must launch all relationships

And follow Christ’s command that we love one another.

2

To place value on, respect and hold in high esteem:

Giving preference, we take the lead–we are intentional;

With genuine affection we honor one another.

3

To forgive, release from payment, to do a favor,

Even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do,

Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another.

4

To call alongside of and to call to be near,

In the midst of fiery trials that seek to beset us,

Comfort each other and encourage one another.

5

To put in mind, to instruct, we seek to give warning.

The Word of Christ dwells in us that we might minister:

We must exhort, urge, and admonish one another.

6

To render service to, to act as a bond slave who serves

And joyfully gives advantage to the one being served,

So use your freedom to serve one another in love.

7

As agents of change we transform our environment;

We give no offense and remove every stumbling block.

We have salt in ourselves, and make peace with one another.

 

 

We must learn to value and steward relationships,

As we ever strive to launch, grow and to maintain them.

As we love, honor, forgive and encourage each other,

We must admonish, serve, and make peace with one another.

 

“Be Devoted,” the music video used to close the discussion of Principle Six, makes reference to “Serve one another” and a number of other principles, thus this song by Acapella is appropriate to conclude our final comments:

 

 

 

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