Why is it so important to restore our relationships with others? - Restoration - TouchPoints

Why is it so important to restore our relationships with others?

Hebrews 12:14Try to live in peace with everyone, and seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.

Matthew 5:21-26You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Do not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the high council. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell. So if you are standing before the altar in the Temple, offering a sacrifice to God, and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there beside the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person.

1 Peter 3:7In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat her with understanding as you live together . . . she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. If you don’t treat her as you should, your prayers will not be heard.

Matthew 18:15If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the fault. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back.

Healthy relationships bring peace, harmony, love, joy, fellowship. They dramatically reduce conflict. They are a source of encouragement, healing, motivation, help, and comfort. Restoration with others is an indicator of the health of our relationship with God. The more we understand what God has done to restore us to himself, the more we understand the benefits of restoring relationships with others.

Ephesians 2:14For Christ himself has made peace between us Jews and you Gentiles by making us all one people. He has broken down the wall of hostility that used to separate us.

Romans 15:5May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other—each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other.

Ephesians 1:10And this is his plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.

Because Jesus Christ was perfect, we are called to imitate him as best we can, for then we know we are living a righteous life. Jesus was always working to restore relationships between people, and between people and God. When we seek restoration with others, we are modeling Christ’s earthly life and what life will be like in his coming eternal kingdom.

Genesis 2:18And the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion who will help him.”

Ephesians 4:15-16Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

1 Corinthians 11:11-12But in relationships among the Lord’s people, women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women. For although the first woman came from man, all men have been born from women ever since, and everything comes from God.

We need each other. That is how God created us. As we restore relationships, we work together more effectively and accomplish more for God’s Kingdom.

Acts 9:36-39There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor. About this time she became ill and died. Her body was washed for burial and laid in an upstairs room. But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!” So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas had made for them.

Luke 1:39-45A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth . . . Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “What an honor this is, that the mother of my Lord should visit me!”

Acts 14:21-23, 27-28After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned again to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith . . .

Acts 18:1-3, 7-8, 18-23Then Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he became acquainted with a Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently arrived from Italy with his wife, Priscilla . . . Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers just as he was . . . After that he stayed with Titius Justus . . . Paul went back to Galatia and Phrygia, visiting all the believers, encouraging them and helping them to grow in the Lord.

Strong relationships make us want to help each other and encourage each other. The more we work at restoring relationships, the more help and encouragement we will receive from those who are once again our friends.

Proverbs 17:17A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

Proverbs 21:9It is better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a contentious wife in a lovely home.

Psalm 133:1, 3How wonderful it is, how pleasant, when brothers live together in harmony! . . . Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life forevermore.

God uses our relationships to bless us. Harmonious relationships are refreshing, “restoring our souls.”

Matthew 6:14-15If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 18:32-35Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison until he had paid every penny. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters in your heart.”

Luke 6:37Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. Stop criticizing others, or it will all come back on you. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven.

Forgiveness is essential to restored relationships. When we forgive, we show that we understand how completely God has forgiven us.