Song of Solomon 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines [have] tender grapes.
Small things ruin great relationships.
Little commitments can bring great victory.
The statements in bold are direct quotes from General Superintendent David K. Bernard’s message on Thursday night, July 12th at the TN District UPC Campmeeting.
Dr. Bernard’s opening illustration was that of a marriage relationship. The great problems rarely ruin relationship, but the small foxes definitely destroy the vine of healthy marriage.
By Faith… Our marital and family relationships can be maintained.
The small problems: discourtesy, disrespect, unkindness, inattentiveness…
Can be overcome by small steps of faith: considerate deeds, kind words, reassurance, and attention to the details in a relationship.
Finally, if you catch yourself saying, “It’s not my job to….,” “Why should I have to…,” or “If I have to one more time…,” you are experiencing the effects of little foxes in your relationship.
Ownership and responsibility are the cornerstones of maintaining solid relationships in the home.
What would you say to someone whose relationship is being eaten away by little foxes?