Aren't you glad we have a God desirous of living in fellowship with us? God has consistently and persistently pursued a relationship with the people He created. Hence, a big picture view of the Bible reveals a message of redemption from the beginning to the end of time. ... Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation ... (Col. 1:19-22)
Because of our fellowship with God, we can enjoy fellowship with one another in Christ Jesus! -- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 Jn. 1:7)
Sometimes, however, we're so wrapped up in our own little world that we fail to notice other people and their needs. As a result, fellowship just isn't what it could or should be. And, sometimes we let our difference or hurts divide us. When we don't all walk in the light, relationships can get quite messy.
But, God's goal is that we be reconciled with one another. He demonstrated for us the love, sacrifice, and forgiveness needed for reconciliation. Just as not everyone accepts God's offer of reconciliation, so some of our relationships may fail to reconcile but we are each personally accountable to take steps toward reconciliation regardless of the other person's response. -- If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Rom. 12:18)
Let's pursue His objectives in our relationships!
Because He is Our Peace,
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