What a beautiful reminder this quote is for me from Chapter 6, Friendship Breakups, in Lysa TerKeurst's "Uninvited". The whole message of the book is getting past rejection and to "live loved".
At times friendships and relationships can be easy and other times they can be hard. In the hard times, God has reminded me that the friendship was worth fighting for. However, the fight I was waging was "not against flesh and blood, but ...against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:12 NIV) As Lysa says, "We have an enemy, and it's not each other."
During this season, I am also reminded of Ephesians 4:29 (in The VOICE):
"Don’t let even one rotten word seep out of your mouths. Instead, offer only fresh words that build others up when they need it most. That way your good words will communicate grace to those who hear them."
God may not always restore the relationship to its previous glory, but you can be at peace in your heart because you know that you are "right in step with honoring God" and learning to "live loved".
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