Skill and determination are necessary to keep relationships going because, like it or not, they’re messy. Whether we’re talking about a marriage, a family relationship, friends, co-workers, neighbors - they’re just messy for a variety of reasons. People respond differently to that. For some, their approach is to discard and move on. Others just learn to live with the mess. Then there is the person who understands that messes are for cleaning…and problems are for solving…and so they are committed to solving problems regardless of how difficult or how distasteful. They aren’t going to discard people who at one time were important in their life, nor are they going to leave the mess alone. They see a relationship mess as something that needs to be cleaned up, and deserves to be cleaned up.
In which category do you belong? Do you discard relationship messes, ignore them, or clean them up? And a related question would be – which category do you believe God wants you to be in?
In this series on forgiveness, listen as Steve Viars teaches on
The Challenge of Forgiveness
The Basis of Forgiveness
The Model of Forgiveness
The Beauty of Forgiveness
The Community of Forgiveness
This series includes 5 audio downloadable MP3s and PDF outlines in one zipped file.
You may listen to the first 10 minutes of "The Challenge of Forgiveness" by clicking on the "Preview Excerpt" button below.
About the speaker:
Steve Viars is the Senior Pastor of Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC Fellow and board member; Biblical Counseling Coalition board member; Vision Of Hope board member; instructor and counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries; married with three children; B.S., Bible, Baptist Bible College (Clarks Summit, PA); M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; D.Min., Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary.
He is the author of Putting Your Past in Its Place; Loving Your Community; Overcoming Bitterness; Do You Believe What God Says about You? as well as several other works.