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Relationships are the single most talked about thing among both men and women. Marriage, kids, bosses, neighbors … relationships can be rewarding and fulfilling and they can also be testy and challenging. God gives us sound counsel in His word about how to deal with relationships. It all begins with what comes out of our mouths.
Listen to His words of wisdom:
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but (say) only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…” (Ephesians 4:29).
Pray the following prayer for the relationship that is challenging you today. Make it personal and put in the name of the one whose relationship challenges you. Remember, you can only choose to change your own heart.
Dear Father in Heaven, it is not possible for me to keep my mouth from speaking things it should not. I need Your power to guard my tongue. Father, today help me to think before I speak. Help me to feel that nudge of Your Holy Spirit and respond before words rush out of my mouth unbidden.
Father, I need You to help me to know what to say that will be helpful in building __________up rather than saying words that tear down or hurt. Please make me aware, by Your divine power, of _______’s needs so I can respond in a way that benefits him/her. Help me to run to You when frustrations and anger bubble up and let You de-fuse it and send me back with grace on my lips. Help me to be bold when issues need addressing, but gentle and loving in the way I address them.
Father, You are the only one who can perform this miracle in my life. I look to You today to set a guard at my heart and my mouth for I do not want to grieve You. Forgive me for the times I have and walk with me so closely today for I need the help of Your Holy Spirit in dealing with _______________. Thank you. I pray this in Jesus Name, amen.
Questions: Is there someone in your life right now that you are having difficulty relating to? What could be your first step in helping you to improve the relationship?
About the Author Gail Rodgers