I routinely save favourite jeans and tops for my rag bag. I am the official ‘family mender.’ I repair frayed edges, worn seams and embroider patches to go over thin knees. My Granddaughter, a major contributor, trusts me to make her torn clothing wearable once more.
During my devotions this morning, God pointed out a different kind of mending. He asked me to be ‘quick to mend fences Ephesians 4:3 (MSG)”. The NIV puts it this way: “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Are we hanging onto the occasional grudge? Neglecting to ask forgiveness in an area or two? Expecting our own way, no matter what? Pushing another’s boundaries to the limit? Still hanging onto grudges from years back? Refusing to forgive those who did us wrong?
Hebrews 12:14: Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. (NIV)
Matthew 5:24: “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you; leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”(NIV)
I’m calling a few folks today and maybe even writing a letter of apology. How about you?
Prayer: Lord, show us fences that need mending and give us the strength to haul out both nails and rails. In Christ's name. Amen