God can restore your broken relationships

2018-03-01 06:00

FEBRUARY, being the month of love, has seen many people going to great extents to show those they love that they matter and are special to them.

This, however, is not the case for everyone, especially with the high divorce rate in South Africa. Many families are broken because of the breakdown of marriages. Other marriages are fragmenting because of individuals having entered these unions with baggage from their families. It is needless to then point out that as a result, supportive environments are hard to foster, and unfortunately children then suffer the most.

The effects of a broken marriage can be found not only in the immediate individuals affected, such as the family, but also in wider society and even South Africa as a whole.

Broken families are nothing new, not in this generation nor in previous generations. Throughout the Bible we read of families who had their own flaws, but because they were called according to God’s purpose, all things worked together for their good. Living in such a time where if things don’t work they are thrown away and not fixed, it probably is the best time to be reminded that God is a God of restoration.

God does not give up on people, and neither should we. A famous quote does, after all, say: “If God could restore us back to himself, he can restore any relationship back to us.”

In the Gospel of Luke chapter 2 verse 13-16, we read of Jesus going up to Jerusalem for the Passover feast. When he got there, He found people trading at the temple courts.

The Bible says he made a whip out of a cord and chased them all out because the temple was a “house of prayer and yet they had turned it into a den of robbers”.

This is the only time in the Bible where Jesus is seen to be violent.

One may ask oneself if there was a need for Jesus to be so harsh, after all he is the son of the God of plenty; surely a new and much better temple could be built for people to pray at?

The answer is “yes”, he could definitely have people build a new temple, but he didn’t want to because he is a God of restoration. Jesus does not discard broken situations, what he starts, he maintains.

If he could whip out the traders at the temple courts to reclaim the dignity of the temple, then he can “whip” out any negative characteristic in a person that causes them to be hard to relate to.

Do not disown relationships before you have presented them to the master of restoration who is the author and finisher of our faith.

He knew troubles would come and he knows how he will fix them. Have faith in God; all things are possible.

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