One of the best relationship verses in the Bible is found in Philippians 2:3. The Apostle Paul writes, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,” If we only applied the first part of the passage (not doing anything with a selfish motive), we’d be miles ahead on the relationship road. But he doesn’t stop there. He goes on to say we are to treat people as if they have greater value than ourselves. Did you catch that? Greater value. This is new information for most of us because we’ve been taught to value people equally not necessarily better. What does that look like?
Think of the last time you went to a wedding and you weren’t the bride. In that context, you were not the most important person in the room were you? You went to the reception where everybody was lined up to talk to the bride and groom and no one was lined up to talk to you. Why? Because you were not the most important person in the room. Now imagine, if you treated everybody in your world as more important than yourself. That’s the way you want to be treated yourself, right? That’s the key to a successful relationship. So, when are you going to start? How about right now?