Relationships are hard work. At least for me they are. And in my life there are certain long-term, unavoidable relationships that are just plain disappointing and hurtful.
I have recently been given an opportunity for reconciliation. It has become clear to me that God has placed it in front of me. And yet I have been given the choice – to take the opportunity or not.
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Get rid of all bitterness? I have years of bitterness build-up. It’s like a clogged drained that keeps gathering junk. Just sitting there in my heart.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Kind and compassionate. Through that huge clog of bitterness in my heart? I am going to need a whole lot of Jesus help with this.
Forgive. The unclogging agent, provided by Jesus. When I choose to forgive, as Jesus forgave me, I can let go of all the bitterness and let Jesus clean it all out. Only by His grace can that junk in my heart be swept out.
Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Humble, gentle, patient, and loving. Without the obstruction of bitterness, these can flow freely through my heart – from Jesus, through me, to others.
I choose reconciliation. I choose forgiveness and love. I know I can’t do this on my own. Only with power provided by the Holy Spirit. I praise God that He can.
Dear Lord, Thank you for putting the very words in front of me that I need today. Help me to let go of bitterness and anger. Grant me the strength to forgive. Help me be kind, compassionate, humble, gentle and patient. I know that only in your power and not my own. Amen