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Key Thought:

How can we build trust and respect in all of our relationships?



Key Quote

“Do you have the faith to believe that God can change your relationship? It always starts with ourselves." - Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What is something you once felt very strongly about, but now have changed your mind?
  • What types of activities do you enjoy doing?
  • What is one crazy thing you want to try someday? 


Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Matthew 18 tells us to go directly to a person when they have sinned against us. How can you implement this biblical strategy in your own life?
  • When dealing with conflict, we can be quick with our words. Do you have a problem guarding your words? How can you change the way you react?


Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.

The ability to say sorry and move forward can save your relationships. Do you have to give up being right in order to maintain peace in your life?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Father God, thank you for this beautiful thing we call marriage. Soften our hearts towards one another and open up the lines of communication as we take steps towards listening to each other more. Show us ways throughout the day to do something nice for our spouse. Draw us closer to each other as we draw close to you. It's in your name we pray, amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

Have you identified your shortcomings in your relationship? Have you taken responsibility for your part before pointing out someone else’s?


Scriptures

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."  Proverbs 13:12 NIV

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over."  Matthew 18:15 NIV

"It’s better out in the desert than at home with a nagging, complaining wife." Proverbs 21:19 CEV

"..let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your ‘No,’ 'No,' lest you fall into judgment.”  James 5:12 NKJV

“Like billowing clouds that bring no rain is the person who talks big but never produces.”  Proverbs 25:14 MSG

"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry."  James 1:19 NLT

“When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need—words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will do good to those who listen to you.”  Ephesians 4:29 NCV

"Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy."  Proverbs 14:10 NLT

“Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”  James 5:16 TLB

“Each person must be responsible for himself.”  Galatians 6:5 NCV