'If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you.' Matthew 18:15 NIV
For relationships to be truly successful, we need to be able to communicate well with one another. When we don't share our true thoughts and feelings with others, it can lead to resentment, bitterness and confusion. When we don't tell one another what we need, we can't expect people to know. And if we don't communicate when we have been hurt, we can't expect people to apologise or change their behaviour.
The Bible says: 'If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you' (Matthew 18:15 NIV). In today's society, communication has reached new levels. Through social media we can now share our lives with hundreds of people at the press of a button, but in many ways we still find it difficult to express the issues that are most important to us, and to communicate properly in a conflict. We need to make sure we're raising issues in our relationships, and raising them in the right way. And, once we've raised an issue within our relationship, we need to be willing to hear what the other person has to say and forgive them if need be. The Bible says: 'Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other' (Ephesians 4:32 NIV).
No person, and therefore no relationship, is perfect. People make mistakes. If we're going to make any close relationships work, we need to be prepared to communicate well.
So what now? This week, make it a priority to communicate honestly and kindly with someone you have had an issue with.
Soulfood: Exo 16:1-35 John 6:30-40,