Plank by plank we build but it only takes one flame to burn the whole thing down.
You know what I mean. We spend time investing in others. Having lunch and babysitting each others children. Spilling our life out to them when we are hurting. Trusting each other. Praying together. Then Satan steps in while we're not watching. He plants little embers of pain and lies. You know what they are, you've seen them, heard them. Then one day or one minute, he lays the tender on those embers and a fire begins. A bridge burns. Words are said, or not. Pain is sewn and reaped. Maybe we are justified in our anger or hurt but does that make it right. What happened to "turn the other cheek" and "forgive 70 x 7"? It seems we only pull those scriptures out when dealing with unbelievers. But what about our brothers and sisters in Christ. Don't they deserve the same grace and mercy...and forgiveness.
How can we be effective for God with all the bridges to and from us burnt. We can't function as an island with no way in and no way out.
I can recall every time I've lost it and burnt a bridge and I can recall every silent burning.
This past week I lost it. And the sad thing is, I lost it on a nonbeliever. Did it feel good at the moment? Yes. I was tired of my family constantly being attacked. Was it justified? Maybe. I apologized but my witness to them may have been damaged. I know that God can still fix it but...
Sunday a family walked into our church that used to be great friends. She was the first person I met when I moved to Fairmont and she knew every ugly thing about me and never judged me. She prayed with me on so many occasions I can't even count. Something happened (won't go into detail) and we haven't spoke for probably 5 years. When she walked in Sunday, God brought all of this post to my attention. I want to mend that bridge and with God's help, I will. Because it is true we live in a double standard world but it goes both ways. I'm tired of pointing the finger. I am ready to step up and take responsibility.
Are there bridges that need rebuilt in your life? No, it won't be easy because we have to lay down our pride and admit that we might have been wrong. But with God's help, all things are possible.
Until next time, stay blessed.
This is a guest post by Tracey Moore who blogs at Building My House.