My guess is that the best and worst days of your life had one common denominator – people were involved. This is one of the many paradoxes of life.
WE ARE MADE TO LIVE IN COMMUNITY WITH ONE ANOTHER, BUT WE CAN DEEPLY WOUND EACH OTHER ALONG THE WAY.
People live in community in a variety of ways. Our first taste of community comes in the form of family, which offers an incredible mix of glorious, painful, frustrating and life-giving experiences. What we experience in our families often defines how we interact with people for the rest of our lives – in school, in the workplace, at church, in our social lives, etc.
Second Corinthians 7:2 contains a phrase that is helpful to us as we live life with others. Paul asks believers to, “make room for us in your hearts.” Paul had sent a letter to the church at Corinth about sin that existed in their midst, and they were hurt and angry. So, Paul asked them for grace, understanding and continued fellowship.
Are you hurt, angry or disappointed with anyone to the point that you have shut them out, emotionally or perhaps, literally? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how you may need to change your course and repent, just as the people of Corinth did.
MAKING ROOM FOR SOMETHING USUALLY INVOLVES REARRANGING OR DISCARDING.
Do you need to do some rearranging in your relationships? Do schedules, priorities or even attitudes need to be rearranged or discarded in order to make room for someone? Maybe it’s the person sitting next to you at school, the co-worker in the adjoining office, the family member who rubs you the wrong way, or the Lifegroup that would welcome your participation.
Whether making room for others involves repenting or embracing, please pause and consider the rewards waiting for you and others.
Sit quietly and ask the Holy Spirit to help you determine who you need to make room for and how that should look, practically.
By Penny Allison – Adult Pastor
Penny serves on our Women’t Ministry leadership team and as an adult pastor.