Have you ever thought that the way we relate to people probably reflects the way that we relate to God? When things are going good between me and God I get along with people so much better. When things are strained between me and God things are definitely worse with the people I know. Why is that? We could probably all speculate to with some degree of success. Here's my thoughts. The vertical relationship we have with our heavenly Father is connected to the horizontal relationships we have with people. When we are distant from God we begin to stray from his principles and values. And who does that affect? Besides us, it affects the people around us. It can work the other way around too. There is often times a degree of tension when we approach God while in conflict with people we know. So what's the remedy? There is no exemption from this phenomenon, nor any magic bullet which can eliminate the problem. But there is something we can strive for. Jesus said, "“‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27) If you're doing your best to Love God and people as much as you love yourself...well let's just say their is less drama when there is more loving.
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Numbers 16-18