There are several types of relationships, so the kinds of issues that can affect relationships will vary. Additionally, the issues any relationship can stem from one or both parties in the situation. The dynamics of human relationshipsare complex because when two imperfect people get together, their interactions can result in issues developing.This means that while one party may need to put in the bulk of the work to remedy a relationship issue, it usually takes a concerted effort from everyone involved to get things back on track if they choose.
Different issues crop up in different relationships, while some issues may occur across all kinds of relationships. In a relationship such as a marriage, you may have issues with poor communication, a lack of physical and emotional intimacy, resentment, past infidelity, emotional and financial abandonment, differences over how to handle finances, and various kinds of abuse such as verbal, emotional, and physical abuse. A couple with kids may have issues concerning disciplining those children, or with how to relate better as a family. These different issues in the relationship can bring about arguments and diminish your enjoyment of it.
Other relationship issues include:
- difficulty forming or keeping friendships,
- not being able to relate well with work colleagues,
- fractious relationships or interactions with neighbors or strangers,
- relating to others in unhealthy ways, such as being codependent,avoiding commitment, or having trust issues
- broken relationships and difficulty forgiving and reconciling with others
- difficulty making and maintaining romantic connections with people
These or other relationship issues may be causing hardship for you or your family. Because relationships are so important, when something goes awry in them, it affects our wellbeing in profound ways. You may be facing one or several of these issues, but it is important to recognize that God does not intend for people to struggle in their relationships. We are meant to flourish, and our relationships are meant to be a source of blessing for us.