Relationships - A Mess Worth Making

Relationships - A Mess Worth Making


No one can love us or hurt us like those who are closest to us. You only have two choices when it comes to dealing with hurt: It will either be the bondage of bitterness or the freedom of forgiveness. Not forgiving is more costly than forgiving. The price of unforgiveness is much higher than forgiveness. Bitterness is natural but forgiveness is supernatural.


Boundaries are property lines defining what you are responsible for and not responsible for. They also let the good in and keep the bad out. (Proverbs 4:23) We are responsible for our core values, thoughts, beliefs, feelings, passions, actions, time, talents, finances, sins, weaknesses, past hurts, etc. Is your life out of control? Do you try to control others? Do people…

Resolving Conflict

Life is all about relationships. Our fondest memories and deepest hurts involve relationships. Healthy people create healthy relationships (Matt22:34-40). Because we live in a broken world with conflict everywhere, healthy people know how to resolve conflict. Resolving conflict is one of the most important skills in life. The Gospel is a model and motivation for conflict…


Conflict comes much more naturally to us than reconciling. We either fight, flee, or freeze in conflict rather than live as peacemakers. A quick look at our lives and others shows that true biblical peacemaking does not come naturally to anyone. We rewind the story of conflict and covenant reconciliation back to the book of Genesis. We find that at the root of all…