Wednesday in the Word
Good evening~ today's post comes a little late in the day, so I want to keep it nice and sweet.
I've been really angry these days. Long story short, someone has been avoiding me to avoid answering questions to the point of blocking my number and on a texting app. As someone who is very honest with myself (and that person) about my feelings, it has been really frustrating that this situation has come to this. I feel that this is unfair, that I've been gypped, and that this person is not walking with God in their relationships and friendships.
Jesus teaches us to not judge one another, but with the Holy Spirit, we do have discernment.
“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. " - Matthew 18:15-17
I have been praying over these verses to understand how to approach this issue and be loving as a sister in Christ when all my sinful human-ness wants to do is punch the person in the face. In my QT I have been reading Jonah, so I do find a sick sense of humour in reflecting on how God will always bring us back to His path, even when we run away. It has been reminding me that God is in control of the situation, and if a mediator needs to come in, or if it escalates to treating the person as a pagan or tax collector, then so be it. God is still sovereign, and He will provide shelter and love, rather than abandonment.
Even as I pray about this situation, I would be lying if I said the urge to punch the person in the face ebbs. However, I also know that eventually, this conflict has to be resolved in order for both of us to be wholeheartedly available to pray and fellowship.
What are some crazy ways someone you cared about showed they cared for you?