Simply stated, cultivating godly relationship can be summed up with one word: LOVE.
Love in not always a natural thing for us; that is why Christ can tell us to love our enemies. Apart from the Holy Spirit’s empowerment that would be an impossible notion. But because of Christ and our relationship with Him, “I can do all though through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
Some relationships are easier than others, but God doesn’t tell us to love the lovely only. Some relationships take more cultivating.
I love this picture of Godly relationships from Romans 15:5-6:
“Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Why? Why do we cultivate godly relationships? Why do we do that which may not be natural to us? Did you notice it in the verse from Romans? “..that you may…glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (5-6) Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. (7) And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17
As we cultivate godly relationships, God is glorified. Is this one of your greatest passions? That God be glorified? Do you see that cultivating godly relationships is more about God that it is about us? Do we benefit? Absolutely, but ultimately it is an act of loving obedience that glorifies God.
Where might you start?