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2023 10 11

Good morning.

When it comes to relationships Paul has this to say: "Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification."  (Romans 14:19) He clarifies how to do this when he says: "I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."  (Ephesians 4:1‭-‬3)

First of all, to develop and maintain great relationships we need a pure heart. Relationships will take strain if we’re harboring sin in our hearts and living in rebellion.

Second, a spirit of love must be active and evident in our lives. This is easy when people are lovable, but Jesus tells us to also love those who mistreat us. This is possible as Holy Spirit enables us to look beyond their hurtful actions to see their pain and the need for the Saviour. Then God’s love can flow through us.

Third, we need patience. It’s one of the Christian graces mentioned in Colossians 3:12, “As those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” The conflicts, disagreements, and misunderstandings that accompany strained relationships may not change, but our attitude can be transformed as these virtues take root in our lives.

Fourth, we must have a forgiving spirit. Forgiveness sets us free. God knows there are some people who will refuse to be reconciled no matter what we do. But by forgiving them, we'll have God’s peace in our hearts.

We may not be able to restore every strained relationship, but “if possible, so far as it depends on you,” we’re to live at peace with others (Rom. 12:18).


Mike and Daphne

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