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Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

Are you dealing with relationship problems?

‘For a righteous person falls seven times and rises again …’ Proverbs 24:16 NASB20

When it comes to handling relationships, we all have strengths and weaknesses. So, to survive and flourish in a relationship, we must learn to persevere. Even when we have done the best we can to lessen our potential for failure, we must still be ready for it. If we stay mired in self-defeat, guilt, and shame over missed chances and incorrect choices in one particular relationship, we will never encounter the freedom to sustain our other relationships. Some good advice is to allow yourself a 10 per cent ratio for failure in a relationship to work out the way you thought it would.

So, with that in mind, promise yourself that no matter what circumstances occur, or which relationships fail miserably, you will survive. You will arise, learn from them, draw closer to God, and, if nothing else, thank Him for the blessings that still remain in your life. And when you consider your blessings, you will notice many! When you think about the long list of gifts that remain in your life even in the middle of difficulties, losses, and frustrations, you’re better able to see the big picture and not just the current trouble in front of your eyes. Gratitude is a sure remedy for self-pity and despair.

Thanksgiving lifts you back to a position of seeing your relationships and life more clearly. An important question to ask yourself is whether you really want the relationship to work. If so, commit to praying for the other person, loving them unconditionally, and investing in them. When you do that, trust God to do the rest!

SoulFood: 1 Sam 27-31 Luke 6:1-16 Ps 122 Pro 17:18-21

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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