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Restoring a Broken Relationship

Relationships are wonderful things. The first relationship was between God and the first two humans, starting at the beginning of time. Sadly, shortly after these first two humans were created, the relationship between God and His people was broken. Adam and Eve sinned, and by this, separated themselves (and the whole of mankind) from the one who created them. Ding! Right there at the start, first relationship gone wrong.

Let's take another example from the Word - the relationship between God and his people. The Israelites were unfaithful to their Father by not following His commandments. But He forgave them. He redeemed them.
"Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you." 2 Kings 20:5
Most times, people invest a lot into a relationship. So when things don't turn out for the better, they feel like a part of them is missing. All throughout the Bible there are examples of broken relationships. And it's bound to happen to each and every one of us. But there's hope. Not all broken relationships have to remain broken. Sure, relationships won't always work out for the better. But when they do, it's amazing. It can be a picture to the lost and broken world of God's relationship with his people.

So, how can we repair and restore broken relationships? By applying God's truth to our lives.

1) Assess: What happened to the relationship? In a loving way, assess the situation. (1 Peter 3:8)
2) Pray: Pray about the situation. Ask God for guidance. Prayer is powerful! (James 5:16)
3) Confess: Confess any faults that may have caused tension in the relationship. (1 John 1:9)
4) Forgive: Forgive the other person. Don't hold a grudge against him or her. Make an effort to forgive. (Luke 6:37)

Ask God to heal. Read the Word and find out what He has to say about relationships. Friends, God is the repairer of broken relationships. In fact, he's the author of relationships in the first place. Just as he repaired the relationship with his people, he will repair your relationships. He's got it all under control!
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10
It isn't easy to repair a broken relationship, and there's no "one-size-fits-all" solution.  But through  confession, forgiveness, and a whole lot of prayer, restoring a relationship can be done.
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