"Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord" (Romans 12:17-19 NIV).
Relationships. They're what God created us for. He created us to be in relationship with Him and with one another. If that is the case, then why do we have such trouble getting along?
Often selfishness is the culprit in our most challenging relationships. But sometimes other factors come into play: financial difficulties, mental illness or emotional instability, stress, or the demands of work and play. Somehow we get so caught up in the stresses of everyday life that we lose sight of the truly important things, especially when it comes to family and friends.
If you are struggling with a difficult relationship, try to look at your situation objectively.
- Step away from the conflict and allow God to quiet you, then ask Him to show you the cause of the conflict and give you the wisdom to handle it the way He would.
- Without enabling destructive behavior or habits, do everything you can to live at peace with that button-pushing sandpaper person who seems bent on making your life miserable.
- If there a problem that you cannot control, such as unrelenting anger, addiction, or abuse, then realize your limitations and seek help for yourself or for that individual with whom it seems impossible to make peace. Contact a counselor or trusted friend who can advise you or at least lend you a listening ear and pray for you.
If there is a flaw in your character which needs an overhaul, give God permission to work on you! Sometimes the best change we can pray for is a change in our own behavior. When we begin to pray less for God to change the other person and ask Him instead to change us, quite often peace finds its way back into our broken relationships.
Life is too short to be at odds with someone you love. Take your troubled relationship to the Lord and together with Him, work it out!
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