You’ve probably heard the expression “burn your bridges behind you.” It means that you have totally seperated from everything of the past in regards to a certain aspect of your life.
As we wind down our study on healthy relationships (this is our 9th lesson on this topic believe it or not!), we will discuss the following question: in relationships, is it Scripturally better to rebuild bridges or to burn them behind us?
Is it easier and/or better to keep certain areas of our lives in the “I-don’t-ever-want-to-talk-about-this-again” pile or is it better to face the problem with the potential risk of getting hurt again? What is the Christ-like response?
I can almost hear the hum of those thinking minds already!…:)
Are YOU victorious EVERY moment of EVERY day? That’s God’s plan for you!
The Lord really blessed us as we studied this great theme this morning. Listen to the sermon & read the quotes of God’s prophet, Bro. Branham in relation to this at http://www.livingwordbride.org/media.html
Tomorrow, God willing, we will approach the topic: “The Way to Total Victory.”
Defeat and Christianity just don’t go hand in hand.
God’s design is for us to live in complete victory EVERY day. (See 1 John 5:4). Nothing should hold you back as a born-again believer. Emotions, temptations, addictions, you name it-the Christian is designed to rule every circumstance life can throw his way.
Tomorrow’s focus is on explaining how to be an overcomer.
“Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf”-Indian Proverb.
Listening is a key part of communication and therefore of relationships. God takes the time to listen to us, so we should learn from His example: how does our Heavenly Father listen?
As we continue our study of building relationships, let’s take another look at a key barrier to communication: emotional noise (E.N.)
Quickly defined, Emotional Noise is when we lose focus of the current conversation/situation and our minds go to “another time/place.” For instance, a married woman who has been repeatedly shouted at by her father in childhood may lose focus on what her husband is saying, should he raise his voice at her. Although she is now an adult, the “noise” of her previous experience is still sounding in her “ears” blocking out the current circumstance.
To help develop communication skills the ABC of the LWBC looked at 4 very different scenarios and did the following:
Gave a possible outcome with EN (normally negative)
Gave a possible outcome without EN (normally postive)
Gave strategies for eliminating EN.
Your solutions for reducing E.N. were excellent:
Empathize with the person you are talking to (put yourself in his/her shoes)
Ask questions. Get clarification on pieces of the conversation you missed.
Focus. Don’t allow yourself to feel overwhelmed or get distracted.
Don’t assume. Each person is different and each conversation gives you the chance to learn something new. Don’t assume you know it all or generalize in people. Chances are…you’re wrong. 🙂