For successful relationships with family, friends, and loved ones, we must understand the difference between a relationship based on the Law of Moses and one based on the grace of Jesus Christ. This applies not only to marriage relationships, but also to friendships. The key relationships that matter most are the vertical connections between us and God, and the horizontal connections between us and other people; making Jesus the foundation of every relationship enables us to be friends with God and with each other. Relationships developed on natural criteria instead of on God will crumble; we need supernatural help in this area that the world cannot provide. It is wise to build godly friendships, first, before we can even consider getting married. We do this by deliberately selecting a few reliable, trustworthy friends who have made Jesus their first priority. Prioritizing correctly and keeping God first in our lives enables Him to show us favor in all our relationships.