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Everyone has experienced declining cordiality in one relationship or another; human beings somehow are ill-equipped at maintaining good relations with others for a long period of time!
Has your good standing with someone taken a bashing lately? Has your communication bridge with a business partner, friend, child, or spouse been broken? Do you find it difficult fixing the damage? Do you want to?
Fix your shortcomings first; then pray to God to fix your friend’s/partner’s shortcomings too.
When disagreements occur, pride often stops us from making the first re-conciliatory move. It is wise to look inwards, identify what we could have done better, and begin to work on those. Bettering ourselves sends a message that we are not absolving ourselves of blame, and that we are not judging the other person.
The words: “I’m sorry” go a long way in rebuilding a broken bridge or relationship. But those words must not be spoken lightly. Being genuinely sorry means above all else, that we will not repeat those activities again (2 Chr. 7:14) & (Ephesians 4:22-32).
When we do these things, then our prayer to God to work on the other person would not fall on deaf ears.
Jesus says that we should first fix what is monumentally wrong with us before we point out what is mildly wrong with the other person (Matthew 7:3-5).
Take the high ground today, reach out a re-conciliatory hand, apologize for any misconceptions, get better at those things you failed at, and watch God begin a rebuilding and restorative work on your relationships.
Rebuilding your broken bridges begins with fixing yourself; do it with humility, and God will truly make the latter state of your relationships sweeter and more fulfilling than ever before.
Lesson of the Week
1. Swallow your pride and extend a new hand of friendship (Romans 12:9-16)
2. Pray for, and patiently expect God’s intervention (John 15:7)
3. Be careful of your words; speak life and victory, and never defeat (Proverbs 18:21).
We will humble ourselves and seek reconciliation. God promises blessings and His fatherhood for those who champion peace (Matthew 5:9).
We pray for God’s intervention in our broken relationships. Our minds are therefore strengthened because we know that those who wait on God will never be put to shame (Isaiah 30:18).
In your anger and resentment, be careful not to speak negatively into the prevailing situation. Your words are powerful, and can be a prophecy; therefore speak those good things that you expect in the future, and God will bring them to be!
Yesterday is dead and gone. I encourage us to face today with hope and positive thinking, rebuilding our broken bridges with diligence and hope in God and His Son Jesus Christ, and understanding that when God is for you, no one can defeat you.
Your rebound will surely be wholesome and complete, and your joy fuller than before!
Blessings from the Prince of Peace.
Weekly Nugget: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit”. (Proverbs 15:1 & 4; NIV)
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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