One of the most common ways we lose our joy, is by allowing someone else’s bad behavior creep inside our heart and steal it. When someone offends, hurts or angers us and rather than immediately giving our negative feelings to God, we stew on them. We overanalyze the situation or we plot revenge. We nurse our hurt and fall into a funk. We wallow in our drama instead of enjoying the present joy of life in Christ.

However, the closer we get to God, the more we gain His perspective.

God doesn’t wallow in hurtful drama. If we are His child, we don’t have to either. When others misbehave, we don’t have to shoulder their burden. We can turn it over to God. After all, their offense is between them and God—right? We can immediately take our pain to our Heavenly Father. If we believe He knows what’s in every person’s heart, then He’s the first one we consult about relationship problems! We ask His advice; and, if we follow it, we don’t lose our joy.

When we seek God, He changes our heart; then we can pray for Him to change the offender’s heart. The Bible says, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalms‬ ‭139:1-4, 23-24‬)

When I ask God to reveal my wrong thoughts, He is faithful to do it. Then, I may confess them and unburden myself to walk free from pain. His forgiveness places me in a position to pray for those who hurt me. When we seek God, we learn to solve relationship problems from inside the heart instead of by outward manipulation, force or pain.

When God works in our heart, He changes our relationships with others!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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