Restoring Relationships
September 9, 2020

We get upset when people have said or done something to us that we do not like, but how do we respond when we realize that we have offended or hurt others?  Choice One: We ignore what we have done and hope the person forgets about it.  Choice Two: We get into a bigger confrontation with the person and make matters worse.  Choice Three:  We attempt to restore the relationship with the person.

The Bible helps us out with the answer.  Romans 14:19 states, “So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.”

2 Little Words

“I’m sorry.”  Simple, short, easy, yet POWERFUL!  So why is it so hard to say?  Some people refuse to apologize when they have wounded someone and will act like nothing happened.  That’s called pride. Proverbs 13:10a states, “Where there is strife, there is pride…”  Pride causes us to speak when it’s best to be quiet. It provokes us to react rudely when walking away and calming down would be more beneficial. It takes humility to admit that we hurt someone and maturity to endeavor in “righting the wrong.”  Today, many are on edge and families are falling apart. How much better would our relationship dynamic be if we demonstrated sincere remorse for offenses?  Let’s value the people we care about and not take them for granted.  Remember to enjoy them and make sweet memories.  David states in Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.

Meditate On The Following Scriptures

Mathew 22:37-40 

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

 Luke 6:31  

“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.”

Romans 12:10 

Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other.”

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”

“Father, I glorify your name.  You alone are worthy of my praise.   You are the faithful God, keeping your covenant of love to a thousand generations.  You are the essence of love.  Forgive me for pride and self-centeredness.  Lord, help me to be mature enough to apologize when I have offended or hurt someone.  Touch the hearts of people that I have hurt knowingly or unintentionally and fill them with peace.  Help me to amend any wrongs I have done.  I ask for wisdom and guidance from your Spirit.  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight.  May I live a life of peace and shine the light of Christ everywhere I go.  In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

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