Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13
Relationships during your college years can be difficult, whether they are friendships or romantic relationships. Human connection is so important in our life, so it is important to maintain those relationships and keep them growing. Here are some ways that you can maintain a healthy relationship with your friends or significant other.
Support One Another
Be there for one another through the hard times and the good times. Be their biggest cheerleader. Support their hopes and dreams and push them to pursue those dreams and continue to help them in whatever way possible. Be their shoulder to cry on and their person to laugh with. Be there for them in every season of life.
“"For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars." – 2 Chronicles 16:9
When they are overwhelmed and need their space and need time to get things done, give them that time and that space with confidence in knowing that your relationship is still strong and that they just need to focus on other things in that very moment. Be understanding of what they are going through, because you will want them to do the same for you.
“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” – Psalm 119:130
Look for God in Your Relationships
Look for ways that God is moving in your relationship. What is he doing in your relationship? Do you see him pushing you in positive ways? Is he showing you signs that, that person is meant to be in your life? These are all questions to ask yourself about all of your relationships. Look for ways that God is moving your relationship in positive ways.
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
Pursue God With One Another
The best way to find God in your relationships is to pursue him together. Go to church together, go to bible study together and love God with one another. If you are growing closer to God, you will grow closer together and your relationship will grow stronger.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
Lead Them Closer To God
Lead them closer to the Lord. Encourage them in their walk with the Lord. You can do this by doing a bible study together or volunteering at your church. Get out of your comfort zone to serve the Lord and join a community of believers together and make more connections with people who love the Lord like you do.
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.” – Proverbs 8:17
Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.