We all hope for harmony and happiness
Reference: So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. (Genesis 13:8 NIV)
Explore: We all enter into relationships hoping for the dream outcome.
Whether it’s a work relationship or an intimate relationship, we all hope for harmony and happiness. However, it doesn’t take long before we realise this is not always the case.
Through competition, greed, selfishness and resentment, relationships can sour or just start to fizzle out. This is often the way of many relationships. It’s not the journey that is unique, but how we choose to finish them.
Application: Abram and Lot were family. They had travelled together and been through a lot together.
But things were getting tense between their groups and they had a choice to make.
They could just ignore the tensions and allow the resentment and bitterness to fester or they could be honest with each other and look for another solution.
Thankfully, Abram chose to be wise and confront the issues. The final conclusion may not have been all he and Lot had ever dreamed of, but they chose to end to the best of their ability.
There will come a time when a relationship of your own will come to an end. It’s up to you as to what the end will be.
Prayer: Lord, give us wisdom and discernment to know how to end well. Amen.
What kind of relationship have you seen the end of?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.