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It’s amazing to consider that when God created the world, Adam lived in paradise. There was no sin, no death, no problems. He had the perfect relationship with God. And yet, something was missing. God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him (Genesis 2:18).”

What a powerful statement, and a great reminder that we are not meant to live in isolation. Instead, we are created for relationships, to live in community with other people. And here’s the point: Our relationships have a powerful impact on the quality and direction of our lives. Healthy relationships support, encourage, and move us in healthy directions, while unhealthy relationships move us backward. Proverbs puts it like this, Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

So what do healthy, authentic relationships look like? They are marked by availability, care, honesty, and counsel. They look to the needs of others. And as we see how Christ has poured himself out for us, how he’s brought us into an authentic relationship with God, we can be empowered and encouraged to develop healthy relationships with others. And without a doubt, the best place to make that happen in the church is in a Life Group - a group of other individuals and couples who want to grow spiritually, connect relationally, and serve intentionally. It’s why we like to say, Life is better connected.

Nate Speerbrecker

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