Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How to Restore Relationships

This is my morning devotions last Monday but I've just found the time to post it right now. Been very busy.

Okay here it goes (not full article)...

Read Numbers 5:5-8

We may think of restitution as justice for the wronged party and punishment for the offender. But restitution offers more: It builds a bridge between the two parties, paving the way for relationships to be restored. By confessing the sin and compensating for any loss, the offender no longer has to deal with guilt. Receiving restitution and more frees the injured party from feeling unfairly treated.

Forgiveness from GOD coupled with responsibility toward the other person are key to restoring relationships. In JESUS' eyes, those broken relationships are always our responsibility. If someone has something against us, he calls us to go and make it right (see Matthew 5:23-24). If we have something against another, we're responsible to take the initiative to settle our differences with them (see Matthew 18:15). It's not always comfortable. But it's always the right thing to do.

Do you feel taken advantage of? Maybe it's time to engage someone in conversation rather than detach from your relationship with them. Or maybe you've unintentionally mistreated a owe them money or lunch or a favor. Consider what needs to be done and take action: Repay the debt, replace the item and apologize for a wrong. Do whatever it takes to restore the relationship. Do it because it pleases GOD and because your relationships will be richer for it.

New Women's Devotional Bible
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Hope it is a revelation for you or better yet, a conviction of the Holy Spirit in your heart. Be humble enough to say you're sorry with no excuses or blaming. I don't know why some people have the habit of saying "I'm was your fault" or "I'm was not my fault. It's because of..." Excuses or blaming added is not genuine apology. Drop it off. Give up your pride and just say, "I'm sorry." That's all it takes then let GOD do the rest.

Make an impact. Make a difference. Make a ripple. Tip the scale.




When you feel GOD's love, OVERFLOW!

1 comment:

Jennifer Hunter said...

Wow! I enjoy reading your posts. God's words are truly endless! God bless you!