5 Vital Characteristics Of A Christ-Centered Relationship

What are the characteristics of a Christ-centered relationship? I am sure you have wondered about that question you are considering or looking to be in a godly relationship or godly marriage.

There are many characteristics that characterize a Christ-centered relationship that makes it different from worldly relationships that don’t have Jesus Christ as their center.

In this post, we will discuss 5 peculiar characteristics of a Christ-centered relationship that cannot be found in worldly relationships that only promote sin. Let’s dive in.

5 Traits Of Christ-Centered Relationships.

Below are the 5 characteristics of Christ-centered relationships that will help you as a Christian single find and have a godly relationship that glorifies God as a Christian couple.

  • Chaste.
  • Has Christ-Like Selfless Love.
  • Has Christ The Head.
  • Has Mutual Respect.
  • Has Forgiveness.

1. Chaste.

One of the major characteristics of a Christ-centered relationship is that it’s chaste. Implying that two people, a man and a woman in a relationship don’t commit sexual immorality or have sex before marriage.

1 Corinthians 6:18 tells us in the New Testament that we must flee sexual immorality as believers. Sadly, this is not the case with many young believers today who are involved in fornication.

Sexual immortality is now a norm even among people in Christian circles who are supposed to lead by example by pursuing sexual purity and avoiding all intimate and sexual relations before marriage.

If you are in a godly relationship centered on Christ Jesus, you won’t engage with fornication or physical intimacy if you are unmarried as you know that will be displeasing to our Lord Jesus Christ and disrespectful to your body.

As Christians, we are called to be chaste and pure instead of being like the people of the world who are promiscuous. If you are a person in an immoral worldly relationship, I encourage you to break off that sinful relationship before it ruins you.

Related: How To Overcome Sexual Immorality (In 5 Easy Steps Today).

2. Has Christ-Like Selfless Love.

Another trait Christ-centered relationships have is they are based and founded on the selfless love of Christ Jesus that seeks to serve rather than being served.

Implying that if you are a person who’s in a Christ-centered relationship or Christ-centered marriage, you will love your partner with the selfless agape love 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 that isn’t selfish but seeks to serve the other person.

If the love of Christ Jesus is in your relationship or marriage, you will seek to serve each other selflessly without expecting anything in return. Sadly, this is what’s lacking in many relationships and marriages today.

Many today view love as something they can get from the person rather than something they can give explaining why many such relationships and marriages among unbelievers end in breakups and divorces.

You need to understand that in your sinful state, it’s impossible to truly love another person selflessly the way God expects as we are naturally selfish and self-centered beings. Only if God’s love is in you will you love your partner selflessly.

Related: 5 Signs Of Agape Love In A Relationship (Based On Christ).

3. Has Christ The Head.

The third trait that you will find in a Christ-centered marriage or relationship is that Jesus Christ is the head. Since Christ is the head of any godly relationship, such a relationship seeks to glorify God.

If Christ is the head of your relationship or marriage, things will be much easier and you won’t find it hard to truly love and forgive each other because God’s love is indwelling in both of you.

On the other hand, worldly relationships or marriages don’t have Christ Jesus as the center which explains why these relationships are a deadly game of Russian Roulette destined for failure and why many end up in breakups.

The apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:21 that if you are in a relationship or marriage you need to submit to each other out of love in reverence for Christ.

Implying that you must submit to and respect each other if you are to have a healthy relationship that isn’t characterized by physical, verbal, or emotional abuse, which is common in many supposedly Christian relationships and marriages, sadly.

4. Has Mutual Respect.

A Christ-centered relationship is also characterized by mutual respect. Implying that you won’t be disrespectful to the way to talk or treat each other in a relationship or marriage.

Mutual respect in addition to mutual love is one of the vital ingredients of a non-toxic healthy relationship that is characterized by love and respect for each other.

The reason why many people including Christians are in toxic relationships or marriages is that they have thrown mutual respect out of the window and have underplayed how vital it is in a strong marriage or a good relationship.

You need to understand that you can’t say you love a person if you don’t respect them especially if you are a woman or a wife who finds it hard to submit and respect your husband as commanded in Ephesians 5:22.

If you desire to have a healthy godly relationship based on true sacrificial love, you need to learn how to respect your partner, especially in your actions and the words you say.

5. Has Forgiveness.

Last but not least, a Christy-centered relationship is also characterized by forgiveness as it involves two imperfect people coming from different backgrounds and upbringings with different ways of thinking which will occasionally clash with each other.

One thing you need to know even if you are a Christian couple, you will have offenses and disagreements in your relationship that will necessitate the need to show grace and forgive your partner.

You also need to understand that there is no such thing as a perfect person who will never offend you in one way or another other, as they are not Jesus Christ.

If you have Christ as the center of your relationship, you won’t find it hard to forgive your partner as you will understand that your partner isn’t an angel but an imperfect human who needs to be shown love and grace even in undeserving situations.

Ephesians 4:32 tells us that we need to be tender loving towards each other and forgiving each other as Christ has freely forgiven us. If you can’t forgive your partner, it clearly shows God’s love is missing in your life.

Final Thoughts.

The above 5 major characteristics of a Christ-centered relationship are among many out there listed in the bible that characterizes all Christ-based relationships and marriages.

My prayer is after reading this, God helps you pursue a godly relationship that will glorify Him and not displease Him by indulging in sexual sin found in worldly relationships.

Signing out, if this post has been a blessing to you in one way or the other, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment below, and don’t forget to share before you leave.

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