“Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
~ Colossians 3:13
Have you ever been in a fight with a friend?
Perhaps you made a mistake, and they got mad at you?
Or they made a mistake, and it hurt you?
Maybe you both have differences of opinion?
It can be so easy to push people out of our lives when we feel hurt or attacked. That’s what the enemy wants us to do.
The enemy wants to destroy our relationships and isolate us.After all, when people we love surround us it is so much harder to take us out of the will of God than when we are alone.
Have you noticed that when you are upset with someone there is a veil over your eye that makes everything they do make you even angrier? And then as soon as you talk with them, and mend what was bothering you, everything that you were mad about doesn’t seem as horrible or hurt as much as it did before?
In order to isolate us the enemy will start by encouraging thoughts and feelings of strife, anger, loneliness, hurt, rejection, hatred, and wrath amongst friends, family, and even spouses.
But God does not want us to be alone!God created us to be social people! God knows that we need people in our lives, and he designed us for fellowship:
We need people in our lives to laugh with.
We need people in our lives to cry with.
We need people in our lives to help us through the hard times of life, and celebrate with us in the best times.
We need people to help us carry out the will of God on our lives.
We need people in our lives that are different than we are.
We need people in our lives that believe in us.
We need people in our lives that believe with us.
Today, if there is someone in your life that you are now in strife with, I encourage you to do your part to mend that relationship.
If you are wrong, admit your mistakes and ask for forgiveness. If they did you wrong, forgive them and move past their mistakes.
The time spent apart from your loved ones isn’t worth the time spent in unforgiveness or pride. We need people in our lives.
Relationships are worth more than gold.
Don’t rob your life of the gift of fellowship.