Sunday, April 25, 2021
The Cure for Broken Relationships (pt. 4)
"Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many." Hebrews 12:14–15
How to Pursue Peace in All My Relationships:
- Talk to God about the conflict.
"If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking." James 1:5
- Consider their perspective of the problem.
"Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had." Philippians 2:3–5
- Accept responsibility for my part of the problem.
"And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you." Matthew 7:3–6
- Confront, apologize, and forgive.
"So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God." Matthew 5:23–24
"…and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us." Matthew 6:12