There is this saying currently that I have heard couples use when they are fed up with each other, “we are on a break”, what does that mean? My own interpretation is that they are taking time off from each other to explore other options or maybe to reassess the relationship to see if it has long-lasting potential, or possibly there is another party involved who is causing dissension in the relationship. In facilitating a marriage seminar last year we were given a lot of reasons why the couples were having issues:
So how does taking a break heal relationship issues? Is it reasonable to suggest that the break could drive a further wedge into something that was initially a strain? Let’s talk about our relationship with God. A lot of times we get weary during our walk, some might even say that the relationship gets “old”, eventually we get so busy in our stressful lives, and with our family members or children that we begin to avoid God which translates to a lack of communication. What this can result in is that we end up in a “backslidden” state. Just like a marital relationship can suffer from moral decay, our relationship with God can suffer from spiritual decay; this does not happen over night, but it can be the result of little seeds planted along the way. The word backslide means “to turn away” or “to turn back”.
O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name’s sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee (Jer. 14:7). Read the rest of this entry »