Restoring a relationship: Steps that can take you from bitterness to forgiveness

People get offended. They get angry. They get hurt.


It will always happen, says Rev. Duane Vander Klok, the spiritual leader of the Walking By Faith broadcast ministry of Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, Michigan.


Vander Klok says, “Throughout life, there will always be opportunities to become offended. “ He quotes Luke 17:1 in which Jesus said: “It is impossible that no offenses should come.”


In the Bible, Jesus provides specific steps to take.,Vander Klok writes


In Matthew 18:15-17, Jesus explains what should happen when someone offends us. He says: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’  And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.”


Some people will refuse all of these efforts, but most relationships can be improved, he says.


“It is obvious that opportunities to be offended will always come, but you do not have to let bitterness take root in your heart and ruin your life,” he adds. “Forgive. Forgive. Forgive…and let the Lord be your source of peace in every situation.”


Read more of Rev. Vander Klok’s message here.

— B.L. Gross

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