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Repairing and Restoring

June 20th, 2014

“You shall be the ‘Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.’” Isaiah 58:12 NKJV.

Once broken, few things are as difficult to repair or replace as trust.

My thoughts and comments today are about, “repairing and restoring.”

Broken. What image comes to mind? Discarding something that doesn’t matter and won’t be missed? Or holding something broken but now irreplaceable? Everyone has experienced something being broken. Sometimes, that may be trust, or hearts, or friendships. Sometimes, you may be responsible, or it may have been someone else. Remember this: many things can often be fixed, or easily replaced. People, not so easily.

Friendships and family relationships are the most priceless and irreplaceable things that you are ever privileged to have and hold. The longer you have had them, the more irreplaceable they become. Hold them carefully with the fondness and regard they deserve. Once broken, few things are as difficult to repair or replace as trust. When harsh words, thoughtless actions, improper conduct or just unintended neglect breach the trust level in a relationship, there comes a growing distance between hearts that is often felt even before it is known. Brokenness must be repaired and trust restored promptly and fully. Read Ephesians 4:1-6 NIV/Psalm 133:1-3 NIV.

Move wisely, but quickly, to bridge relational separation. Doing so both minimizes the damage and demonstrates the value you place on the individual and relationship. No one promises it would be easy. “It’s harder to make amends with an offended friend than to capture a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with iron bars. Words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach; the right words on a person’s lips bring satisfaction.” Proverbs 18:19-20 NLT. Delay gives unhealthy, even unholy, opportunity for imagination to misinterpret and magnify offences.

David felt the traumatic pain of a friend’s disloyalty. “It is not an enemy who taunts me – I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me – I could have hidden from them.  Instead, it is you – my equal, my companion and close friend.  What good fellowship we enjoyed as we walked together to the house of God.” Psalm 55:12-14 NLT. Misunderstandings occur between the best of people, but the person and relationship are always more important than your hurt feelings or disappointment.

You are called to live in communion with God and in unity with one another. Communion suffers where unity is lacking. “Live in harmony with each other. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.” Romans 12:15-18 NLT. You cannot control what others choose, but you are responsible for what you choose to do, either initially or in reaction to another person.

When you break another’s trust, apologize quickly and ask forgiveness sincerely. When your trust has been broken, forgive unilaterally and immediately, asking God for His sufficient grace. Remember all you have been forgiven. ”Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall be called the ‘Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.’” Isaiah 58:12 NKJV. There are blessings if you do and consequences when you don’t. And what will the Lord do for you, when you repair and restore? “’For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds,’ declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 30:17 NAS.

Today, my prayer for you is to be first to offer forgiveness and the last to inflict harm.

A personal note: today’s devotional thoughts mark a milestone for EDL of 1,100 devotionals in the archives available at the website for you at – www.allenrandolph.com.

They cover a wide spectrum of helpful Bible verses and practical topics for you to browse at your leisure, consult for personal study, share with a friend, neighbor, or co-worker, or use as a resource for leading a Bible Study. Gayle and I thank each of you for your appreciation and partnership in the ministry of EveryDay Life . . Blessings!

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Things That Endure

January 19th, 2010

“These three will endure – faith, hope and love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 NILT

“Things of quality endure; they grow in value. Build your life on those.”

My thoughts today are about “things that endure.”

Too man things today are made to be disposable. That makes them convenient. When you are through with them, you simply throw them away. That is also reflected in lifestyles. Relationships are transient, easily replaced by others. Marriages are rarely life-long now, only as long as convenient and mutually satisfying. Jobs and paychecks replace careers. Houses are for trading up rather than a place to raise a family. Moving on is often chosen over staying put.

We seem not to expect things to be built to last, not even meant to do so; they serve their purpose and are then dispensable. Often it is just a matter of cost or time. Plastic costs less than metal, but wears out or breaks more easily. Furniture made of solid wood is more expensive than cheap veneer, yet looks just as good (at least for a while) but is cheaper to make and costs less to buy – and of course, will not last as long.

Most people today prefer new rather than old. Ever wonder why quality antiques cost so much? It’s simple. They were better built and endured the wear and tear of time. Our home is beautifully graced by a couple of lovely European buffets from the 1800’s. They show their age a little, but also show the art and skill of the craftsmen who made them. Things of quality endure; they grow in value.

I want my life and faith to be like that, enduring disappointments and difficulties and growing in eternal value. I want your life to be like that too. Here’s what I have learned about everyday life. Endurance and value have everything to do with how you choose to build your life. “Each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-16 NIV.

Jesus told the story of two homebuilders. They both began with a similar vision and expense. They seem to have invested similar time and effort. They both experienced common but unfortunate circumstances. Their results were tragically different. One house endured; the other collapsed. The difference? One was built to last on a foundation that would last; the other was built on things that shift and change. Read Matthew 7:24-27 NLT. What are you trusting to endure?

A lot of things you may feel important right now in the routines of everyday life might not seem so valuable in the perspective of eternity. Too many things are all about right now; eternity is forever. Why not build your life upon real things that are truly indispensable – things that endure and grow more valued?

The surrounding context of today’s verse is about good things which are replaced by better things – things which are temporary that will be replaced by things more permanent. Here is Paul’s conclusion: “There are three things that will endure – faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT. Now that is where you can build a life that lasts.

My prayer for you today is: cherish what is irreplaceable therefore indispensable.

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