All of us can point to a relationship that at some point went through some degree of difficulty. While our culture would tell us that difficulty means something isn’t working, the Bible presents another way. If you are working through relational difficulty this morning we pray you are encouraged by these words.
What happens in the messiness of relationships is that our hearts are revealed, our weaknesses are exposed, and we start coming to the end of ourselves. Only when this happens do we reach out for the help God alone can provide. Weak and needy people finding their hope in Christ’s grace are what mark a mature relationship. The most dangerous aspect of your relationships is not your weakness, but your delusions of strength. Self-reliance is almost always a component of a bad relationship. While we would like to avoid the mess and enjoy deep and intimate community, God says that it is in the very process of working through the mess that intimacy is found. Which relationships are most meaningful to you? Most likely they are the ones that involved working through difficulty and hardship.”
–Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, Tim Lane and Paul Tripp
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