What to focus on to have joy in your relationships?
Step 1. Focus on giving rather than receiving.
Step 2. Focus on healing rather than hurting.
Step 3. Focus on GOD's power rather than my problems.
Psalms 62:8 (NIV), "Trust in GOD at all times; pour out your hearts to HIM, for GOD is our refuge."
GOD is in control. HE can repair the unrepairable. HE can control the uncontrollable. HE can help you where it doesn't look like there's any hope in the situation. HE'll help you if you trust HIM. If you let HIM into your life, focus on HIS power rather than your problem, you will have joy. If you focus on your problem, you're going to be miserable. If GOD can raise JESUS CHRIST from the dead, HE can raise a dead relationship. HE can give you the power to start over. GOD is the GOD of the second chance. HE can rebuild trust where there's only been fear.
Psalm 56:3 (NIV), "When I’m afraid, I will trust in YOU."
There is a verse in the Bible in Philippians 4:4 (LB), "Always be full of joy in the LORD; I say it again, rejoice." How is that possible? How is it possible to always be joyful?
When Paul wrote this he was in prison. He was about ready to be executed. He was writing to the Philippian church which is the book on joy. Nineteen times in the book of Philippians he used the word "joy" or "rejoice". If you're depressed, read today through the book of Philippians. It's only four chapters. Underline whenever the word "joy" or "rejoice" is used.
Just a thought from the front porch…