Resurrecting Dead Relationships

by | Apr 16, 2017

A young couple headed for divorce because of adultery came into my office one day. They picked the perfect week … the week before Easter.

To learn why this week has always been my favorite time to start divorce mediations … and to discover a power that can restore your broken relationships, watch this short video clip.

Resurrecting Dead Relationships from Ken Sande on Vimeo.

Here is the passage that God used to turn this couple away from divorce and move them in the direction of a resurrected marriage:

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms (Eph. 1:16-20, NIV)

This is not a guarantee that every broken relationship will be resurrected, because we can’t control what others do. But this prayer does give us motivation to make every effort on our part to pursue peace and reconciliation with others (Rom. 12:18).

May God bless your efforts to display his resurrecting power in all of your relationships!

– Ken Sande

Reflection Questions

  • Is there a relationship in your life that seems broken beyond repair? How does Ephesians 1:16-18 give you hope that God could work through you to bring it back to life?
  • What steps have you already taken to be reconciled with this person? Are there any peacemaking principles that you did not fully and humbly apply? If not, would now be a time to give it another try?
  • Who could you talk to for wise and biblically sound advice on whether it would be appropriate to pursue reconciliation with this person?
  • Do you know someone who seems to have given up on restoring a broken relationship? If so, please feel free to pass this post on to them, along with your prayers and personal encouragement.

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© 2015 Ken Sande

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