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How do you build a strong, healthy relationship with someone?
Whether it’s a marriage, a friendship or a business partnership, all relationships need a solid foundation. An essential part of good, lasting relationships is commitment—mutual commitment.
Relationships are built when 2 people move beyond the emotions of attraction or affinity to a point of commitment. Commitment holds relationships together, even when feelings and circumstances could drive them apart. It’s what creates loyalty, fidelity, and faithfulness between two people.
There’s a lady in the Bible who gives us an insightful perspective of commitment. Her name is Ruth. In the Old Testament book that bears her name, Ruth makes this amazing statement to her mother-in-law Naomi, when Naomi gave Ruth the option of staying in her homeland instead of moving to Israel with her, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” (Ruth 1:16, 17 NLT)
That’s commitment. When there is mutual commitment in a relationship, there is a foundation for success!