“… with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2,3
I was invited to an event in the same city where several of my family members live. Because I hadn’t talked to them in many years, I was honestly hesitant to even let them know I would be in town; I was ashamed I hadn’t made them a priority in my life.
God was encouraging me to reach out. He made it clear reconnecting with them should be my number one priority. So, I pushed past my fears and took the initiative, but was met with silence at first. I knew God wanted me to keep trying, so I did.
How about you? Is there a relationship you feel compelled to restore with a family member, friend, or colleague? Is there someone God continues to bring to the forefront of your thoughts?
If so, reach out and make a connection! If you feel God nudging you to do so, contact that person and make time to meet with them. Humble yourself if you’ve got something to apologize for –– you will be so glad you did.
God regards relationships worth restoring. Did you know that much of the New Testament is devoted to teaching us how to get along with one another?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”
2 Corinthians 13:11
The day finally arrived when I was reunited with my family members. Fourteen out of the eighteen family members had cleared their schedules to meet me for dinner. We had a wonderful time catching up, got lots of hugs and ended our time together by promising to stay in touch.
Although I haven’t had the opportunity to visit their city again in the past few years, we still keep in touch through texting, email, and Facebook.
The reason I share this story with you today is to encourage and to challenge you. If relationships matter to God, they should matter to us too.
So, what are you waiting for?