Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:1-7

Tucked away in the last words written by the author of Hebrews are these relational threads. Any time you come across the ending sentiment of a wise author, take note and give those words weight. If you pay close attention to these words, in particular, you will see a truth that any man can base his life and leadership by. Relationships and how you operate in them, are important.

The man who follows this sage advice is a man who is focused on other, not self. He is brotherly, hospitable, shows honor, is content, trusts God, and reflects on the way of leaders who spoke the Word of God. None of these items on this list are self-focused and all of them bless others. They do need to be said, however, because they are a learned behavior practiced by those who hear them. Be the man who puts the Word of God into relational practice.

DO THIS TODAY: Start thinking about how to apply God’s Word in your relationships.