Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Introduction: We are all in a relationship with someone. We are better together! Without relationships we are lonely people. There is no substitute for a friend! We all need someone to care, to listen, to feel, to comfort. We need those we are open and vulnerable with.
Five specific ways we can build into our relationships and bring about lasting renovations.
- Humble myself before God and talk to God
- Humble myself and take the first step toward renovation
- Ask God’s forgiveness and be willing to forgive
Communicate Truth (Ephesians 4:25; John 14:6; John 8:31-32)
- Put away lying
Communicate Quickly (Ephesians 4:26-27; Hebrews 12:15)
- Don’t let the sun go down on your anger
A helpful rennovation tool when relationships break down:
- Do I have the facts right? (Proverbs 18:13)
- Should love cover it? (1 Peter 4:8)
- Is my timing right? (Proverbs 15:23)
- Is my attitude right? (Ephesians 4:15)
- Are my words loving? (Colossians 3:14)
- Have I humbly asked God for help? (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Communicate Wholesome Words (Ephesians 4:29-30)
- Don’t grieve the Spirit
Communicate Actions Not Reactions (Ephesians 4:29-30)
- Put off and put on
Application: Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”
We are one relationship away from a readically different life.