Steps for Healing Relationships
Healing Relationships - An Exercise in Relational Renewal
Philippians 4:1-9 - “So therefore, my loved ones, my brethren, whom I long to see, you are my joy and my crown; in this way, stand firm in the Lord, my loved ones: I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to think together in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you also, my yoke-fellow [pastor], take hold of these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. 4 [You all] continually be glad [that you are] in the Lord; again I will repeat, be glad. 5 [You all] Let your gentle, patient side be seen by everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Stop worrying about things and pray about everything specifically with thankfulness so that what you ask for [instead of worry about] is made known to God. 7 And [then] the peace of God, which exceeds all your thinking, will protect your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Last of these [exhortations on how to stand firm], beloved, [in such problems] envision whatever is true, whatever is honest, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, [see in this] what is excellent and glorious. 9 Keep on putting into practice the things that you have been discipled in and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you” [GS trans.]
Know the Six Principles of Reconciliation that Heal Relationships
Healing relationships demands that after objective reconciliation is confirmed, from that point forward we must live in a renewed way in order to restore trust. One biblical process for renewal is found in Philippians 4:1–9:
1) P_______________________ gratitude for being “in the Lord” (v4).
2) P ______________________ be more gentle, long-suffering, and patiently loving (v5).
3) P_______________________ replace worries with thankful, specific petitions (v6).
4) P_______________________ rest with God receive/accept this by faith (v7).
5) P_______________________ renew your view envisioning truth, goodness and beauty (v8).
6) P_______________________ good models of peace-creating behavior (v9).
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more