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Handle With Care
By Victoria Osteen - May 13, 2010
Our relationships are precious, valuable treasures from heaven. We should handle them carefully, and instead of focusing on being right or focusing on what the other person should be doing for us, we should always focus on building bridges to each other's hearts.

Oftentimes, it's the people we are closest to that can hurt us the most, and the enemy is always looking for a way to deliver a package of strife and division. If we are going to be all that God has called us to be, if we are going to fulfill the destiny God has for us, we can't do it alone. Life is a group experience, and we need to recognize the value in the relationships we have. When others hurt or offend us, it is so important that we choose to focus on the long-term effects of our decisions instead of the gratification of "getting even" in the moment. Remember, disappointments are for a season, but relationships are for a lifetime.

I often hear people say that it is actions and not words that matter most. But really, I think both matter, especially when you consider that God spoke the universe into existence. His words have creative power. In the same way, we can create or destroy with our words. It is important to understand that our words—simple puffs of sound—can have a deep and permanent effect on our relationships. By choosing our words, we either choose strife or we choose love. It is that simple. Handle your words and your relationships with care because they are all that matter in eternity.

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Proverbs 12:18; NIV).
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