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It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.  Isaiah 59:2 (NLT)

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Valentine’s day came and went. What is different?

Sometimes our communication gets blocked. We try to connect but we feel stuck and can’t get through to each other. When this happens in our relationship with God it’s usually because sin blocks the way.

Perhaps that is also the case in my relationship with my partner. Have my actions or words offended him/her? Repentance and forgiveness is the way to deal with sin but it isn’t a quick fix or an easy option.

What do I need to do to unblock the drain? What can we do together?

Prayer (as a couple)

Lord God, thank you for teaching us the way of repentance and forgiveness. I admit that I am selfish and thoughtless at times. Lord, help us to be brave and explore any blocked areas in our communication. Holy Spirit, please come and show us where we need forgiveness and grace. Help us persevere until we get through to each other. Help us be willing to listen, humble ourselves and forgive each other. Amen

Prayer (for others)

Lord we pray for _______ and ______ who are considering ending their partnership because they are unable to resolve the issues between them. Lord, grant them insight and courage. Send them someone to help them through their process. Help them forgive each other, as you have already forgiven each of them. We pray that their marriage may be saved and that you will grant them patience and grace to rebuild their relationship and their family. Amen

Final quote

‘When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.’ Bernard Meltzer

 

 

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