Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever…(Phm 15).
Be willing to give someone a second chance. After all, God gave you one.
I know what they did hurt. I know that others told you to cut them off forever, they’ll never change and that this is just how they’ll be. But God is bigger than our past mistakes. Truly, He can restore things to an even greater state before if we’d be willing to shower grace upon someone who comes to us with a broken and contrite heart over their past mistakes.
I’ve seen God do this in my own life as I’ve practiced the art of letting go. I’ve seen God restored the past and bring it to something much greater than I could have ever dreamed. You see, that’s just what He loves to do. The problem is that our human hearts often shut this opportunity out because we get angry, bitter and resentful. We put up walls when God is trying to break them down so He can do something beautiful in our life.
There are some relationships that, quite frankly, I long for their redemption. I hate that things are not fully restored and I await the day when humility and repentance will take a front seat instead of pride and fear. I await the day when the Lord will restore those relationships, for His glory. I believe that can happen and I await that day with hopeful expectation.
Be willing to give someone a second chance and pray with all of your might against bitterness, anger or resentment towards that person. Pray for their full redemption and growth in Christ. Pray blessings over them, just as you would want someone to pray blessings over yours. Then, watch as God works in ways you never expected to bring redemption into your life, in Jesus’ name.
Father, I trust you with my life. May I never write people off and bury them. May I always be ready and prepared to forgive so that all things might be restored. Help me to seek you always, to love others unconditionally and to offer grace at all times, in Jesus’ name, Amen.