Humans are geared for conflict.
That’s how it seems. The truth is, we operate in a world of our own. Each of us. We’re in our heads, and it’s hard not to put ourselves first.
We are and will always be number one.
That’s us. It takes a great deal of effort not to see our needs as greater than anyone else’s. This self-centered thinking is what shatters so many relationships.
Let’s look at seven relationship restorations given in the Word of God.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 totes patience and kindness as our restoration salve. We can never use too much nor apply it too often.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Genesis 2:24 offers commitment as our foundation to family restoration. We must be a team and allow nothing to divide us.
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
1 Corinthians 6:18 reveals purity as our path to restoration. We must devote all our energy and determination to our committed relationships.
“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”
Galatians 5:19-21 lists the stumbling blocks we are to avoid, if we are to strengthen our restored relationships. Only by knowing the truth can we sense the pitfalls to avoid.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Romans 12:1-2 shows us how our relationship repair begins. Our first step is to live according to the will of God by constantly thinking on his Word.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Matthew 5:27-28 rips away the guise of false pleasure. Our relationships will be tested daily, and we must stay focused on a pure life if we want trust to prevail.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 throws back the darkness. A relationship isn’t one-sided. When we do our part, others will join in, and we’ll be stronger together.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
We don’t live in a world of one. We share this life with every person who walks at our side. Their feelings and concerns are as valid as ours. When we put ourselves second, and consider them first, we will come together under God and live joyfully in him.
When we put our relationships first, they will grow stronger through our love of Christ.
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