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Updated on February 16, 2010



According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, a relationship refers to:

       i.            The way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected

    ii.            The way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave towards each other

 iii.            An emotional and sexual association between two people

Man was created by God as a social being and therefore cannot live in isolation like an island. We will find ourselves connected to others in some forms of relationship at every stage of our human development. We will at one point in time or the other be buddies, peers, friends, lovers and ultimately, married couples. Irrespective of the relationship we find ourselves in, the fundamental principles are the same.



There cannot be a relationship between two people unless there is agreement between them. Agreement is accordance in opinion or feeling or the condition of agreeing with another person. The Bible asks a question in Amos 3:3 that “can two walk together except they be agreed?’This therefore is the most basic of the fundamental principles of relationship of any kind. The two people must agree to walk together before a true relationship can commence.

2.    TRUST

The next basic ingredient for a healthy relationship is trust.  Trust is a firm belief in someone or something. It is the belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone you have a relationship with.


Commitment is an essential ingredient for a healthy relationship. Commitment is the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause. Commitment is the force that determines what we are willing to contribute for the effective development of a relationship. Commitment focuses more on what to give to the relationship than what to get out of the relationship. This is the live wire for a healthy relationship.


Every relationship must have a purpose and that purpose must be determined from the onset of the relationship. A purpose is simply the reason for which something is done or for which something exists. The purpose of the relationship defines the scope, rights and responsibilities of the parties to the relationship.

There many more principles for relationship, but we will deal with them under specific relationship types as we progress.


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      Sabelo Nzima 

      7 years ago

      I do undastnd the fundmental principles of luv in a relationshp.These 4 r 1 dat I will try nd live by nd c hw am going 2 cpe in a relaionshp.Da 1 dat I lyk da mst is trust.


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