Burning Bridges

8.16.15 You ever heard the expression "don't burn your bridges?" Well lets see what God says about burning bridges.
When you are "burning bridges," you are generally ending a relationship in such as way that it is unlikely to be reparable in the future. This idiomatic expression is frequently doled out as advice against treating others discourteously or behaving in an unprofessional manner because you can encounter those same people at some future point in time. "Burning bridges" is likely to result in an unfavorable endorsement from these individuals, particularly in a job situation. The origins of this saying can be traced to a common story of two different towns linked by a bridge over a river. When a disagreement causes a rift, one group of citizens from one town sets fire to the bridge and therefore makes reconciliation with the other town much more challenging. It's also like a job if you have a negative relationship with your boss and you loss your job it may be bad when looking for a new job if they have to call them for a reference. 
Whether we’re moving on from sin, moving on from places or moving on from relationships the Lord has shown us are not His will for our lives, we need to exit peaceably as much as it depends on us. We need to show the character of Christ as we move on. Sometimes you can move on and still maintain relationship—but sometimes you have to burn bridges so you won’t go back to a thing God has made abundantly clear is harmful to your relationship with Him. We have to press on.

Paul put it this way: “But I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind” (Phil. 3:12-15). Amen.

When a person solely trusts Christ for his salvation, he is born again into the family of God. He is a new creature. He is free from the bondage of sin. God does not want him to go back into the same mess he was saved from. If God saved a person and helped him overcome the sin of lying, God certainly does not want him to go back into the same sin. If God delivered a person from the clutches of a terrible drinking habit, He does not want him back in the same situation. When he saves us and cleans our lives up, He wants us to stay clean from sin that will hurt us. He gives us a second chance. The only way we can keep from going back into the same sin God delivered us from is to keep away from it. The safest way to protect yourself from going back into the lifestyle God rescued you from is to “burn the bridges” behind you.

The Bible says that a man of great anger will bear the penalty (Prov.19:19). In Proverbs 27:4, God says, "Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood." The Bible says that there is transgression in many words, and when a man gets angry, many words flow like a flood. James 3 tells us that words are like a fire that ravages and destroys.

When destroying words, angry words, flow forth, bridges that we want to keep are burned, sometimes forever. We thank Jesus that under the New Covenant we can see most of these mistakes redeemed. However, free will is involved, and some bridges with some people and situations will be permanently burned. Jesus is nonetheless a faithful Redeemer, and He will bring new bridges to new opportunities. We must, however, take seriously God's warnings about anger and the tongue.

"Scorners set a city aflame, But wise men turn away from anger." So says Proverbs 29:8. In this case it is bridges, not cities, which we burn by our angry words.

If you have burnt bridges by your angry words and actions, there is hope. You may be a teen who left the family and family home in a huff. Nevertheless, God is in the business of bringing the heart of the son to the father and to Father Love, and bringing the heart of the father to the son. God alone can rebuild that bridge burned by anger. Repent. Return to Father Love. He has sent Jesus to be your Restorer. Nothing is impossible with Him.

 

God I think you for Scripture for every circumstance. All we have to do is open the Bible and look up something that someone may be going through and You will give us the Scripture. You are an amazing and loving God. You give us hope when we think there is no hope. You show us love when no one else does. You carry us across that burning bridge that we burned. Lord be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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