How 3 little words can save a friendship

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​“I surely know we never talk anymore but I always wish that one of us could show courage and do something about it.” Author Unknown. Perhaps one of the saddest experiences in life is to lose the relationship of a good friend. However, friendships don’t have to end simply because there is a disagreement or even a betrayal. Many times in life, friendships end because the people involved simply cannot utter the three words hardest to say in all of the known languages, “I am sorry.”  Colossians 3:13 NIV, provides the perfect formula for mending broken friendships. The Word of God declares, “Bear with each other and forgive one another; if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” 

If you have a friendship that is in danger of breaking, it may be helpful to ascertain what caused the rift. Understanding what caused the friendship to be in danger of breaking is the antidote to fixing the friendship. However, in examining the relationship, we may find that it is necessary to humble ourselves and that maybe the other person is not totally at-fault.  American author Zig Ziglar once wrote, “humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will.”  So, don’t give up on the friendships that you seek to mend.  Humble yourself and find what part you may have played in the breakup. Even if you don’t think you did anything wrong, perhaps this is your time to extend grace and restore a relationship.

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