In this audio talk, Jayne Clark covers several scenarios that illustrate why friendships break down (arguments, betrayal, and inattention). We live in a broken world; friendships are not immune to brokenness. The enemy attempts to fracture our relationships with God and each other – he tempts us to believe that we are enemies instead of recognizing that he is our common enemy. Friendships rupture because we live in a broken world, we have an enemy that is actively at work trying to disrupt these friendships, and we have sinful hearts. Clark examines motivations for maintaining friendships and our tendencies to turn good things into overpowering desires. What Jesus did to restore us to friendship with God gives us hope in the midst of broken friendships – God broke the one relationship that should have never been broken (between Him and the Son) so that our friendship with Him could be restored. Clark points out three “R’s” that are important to remember: Relationship, Response, and Reliance. She also offers practical steps for dealing with broken friendships and the process of restoration and forgiveness.
Key Scriptures: Romans 5-6, 12:18; 1 John 3:8, 4:19; John 8; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3; Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 18:33; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Psalm 55