Chapter 5

Take the First Step

How do you handle your broken relationships? Ignore them? Attack the person? Manipulate the situation? Neglect timing, tact, and courtesy?

The right thing to do is to repair it by following the steps modeled by Christ: love, humility, suffering, invitation, and forgiveness. No one has all the answers, but following biblical principles can make a huge difference.

Perhaps your first consideration should be the broken relationship between you and God. Because of one man’s act of disobedience, all humanity is separated from God. Yet because of His great love for His creation, He did something to repair that broken relationship caused by sin. He sent His Son into the world to rescue us. Jesus Himself explained it in simple terms: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (john 3:16). Jesus Christ, God’s Son, died for our sins. He made it possible for us to be restored to God. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (john 3:17).

Believe Him and accept the restored relationship God offers you. Take that vital first step.