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Relationship problems are part of life. When relationships are stressed and strained, we have a responsibility to do what we can to heal them. Restoring damaged relationships is an important part of spiritual growth. As a basic life principle, running from relational pain is not the best option.
Yet in real life, some relationships do break. Even when you work hard to find healing, some people refuse to respond. Paul, the apostle, explained our responsibility in relationships in Romans 12:18 (NIV) “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
The truth is, not everyone is willing to be at peace with you. So what do you do when relationships are irreparably broken?
Here are four things you can do to heal from a broken relationship:
1. Forgive—the other person and yourself. Hold no grudges or dysfunctional guilt.
2. Grieve the loss with the goal of getting past it.
3. Capture key lessons you learned from the experience.
4. Reach out again. Don’t stop loving, living or giving. Don’t let a broken relationship cause you to give up on all relationships!
You can heal from a broken relationship. It’s not the end, but an opportunity for a new beginning!