Forgiven But Not Restored

A broken relationship can’t necessarily be restored by asking a person to forgive you. They can say they
forgive you, but you may notice they don’t act the same with you. Sometimes the pain inflicted is so
deep, your relationship with them will not be restored.

What can be done in a situation like this? Who has a solution? What if it’s impossible to restore the
relationship due to the amount of time passed or the person has passed? Unlike the movies, life doesn’t
always have a happy ending. And some things you just have to accept.

Inflicting pain on another is wrong and sometimes it’s done inadvertently like saying something hurtful.
Other times it’s done without fully understanding the long term effects on another’s life. Whatever the
cause, a recognition of wrong doing should be made to God.

  1. And even though people may not forgive and be interested in restoring the relationship,
  2. you can take some comfort in knowing that God will forgive you and have a relationship with you
  3. And is capable of doing the impossible like restoring broken relationships.

Scripture reference(s)
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more
can ye, except ye abide in me.
Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?; Luke 18:27 And
he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God

Where Is God?

I read a devotional today from Our Daily Bread entitled Where’s God. As I was reading it, I reminisced on how I never had to ask those worlds. Since I met God decades ago , He was always in my life. I mean I not only felt His presence, but He has shown His miraculous ability to solve problems just in the nick of time, again and again. He’s been very merciful and forgiving.

I couldn’t help but just meditate and give Him Thanks and praise for His faithfulness and His attention to me. I also wondered like Psalmist, whom am I that God is mindful of me. Why did God take such good care of me? All I could think of is because I’m His child and He loves me. He loves me so much that I never had to ask Where Is God.

Scripture references:
Psalms 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Encourage, But Don’t Push

I tell them how they can get ahead again and again
By making a temporary investment in current living
I wonder do they listen at all
Maybe not, because when in trouble,
they know on someone they can call
Or do they listen and just can’t execute
Because the plan of action is too hard for them to do
The plan of action, I don’t want to keep repeating
Because I just wanna encourage, but not push them

But at what point does encouragement becomes pushing?
Is it when they become defensive or angry at what you say?
Just about everyone wants to do things their own way
And even though their way doesn’t lead to better conditions
Regarding change, they are reluctant to listen
Be sure encouragement is for right reasons
Like fulfilling their potential or and dreams
Instead of what you plan or want for them
An even if they disappoint or don’t get far
Love them for who they are
As God has His purpose for their life.

Scripture reference:
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.