We need information, inspiration, application and direction in order to build and sustain healthy relationships. Love lays the foundation for the kind of relationships that double the joy and cut the burdens in half. God’s Word tells us exactly what love is.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. I Corinthians 13:4-7
These are the characteristics of love and they are skills we can develop.
Jesus told us the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy but he came so that we would have abundant life. (John 10:10) Both of these scenarios play out in the context of our relationships. The enemy sends relationships that tear us down. He slips in and distorts the very relationships that should be enriching our lives. Jesus sends relationships that build us up. When we develop the skills of love, our relationships will flourish.