Being a third person in a conversation often provides a unique opportunity for building. A friend calls to talk because she has been hurt by someone else you both know. How will you respond? Will you help build a bridge or help construct a wall?
Paul helped build a bridge between Philemon and Onesimus. Onesimus, a run away slave, had clearly wronged Philemon, his master. Yet, Paul stepped in to help the two reconcile.
Building a bridge:
- Reconciliation acknowledges the problem.
- Reconciliation offers a solution.
- Reconciliation involves forgiveness.
- Reconciliation involves being willing to change your mind about someone.
- Reconciliation is a choice.
Building a wall:
- Separation replays the problem.
- Separation offers no solution.
- Separation refuses to forgive.
- Separation permanently nails the offense to the other person.
- Separation is a choice.
God chose reconciliation. He built a bridge between Himself and you. That bridge is Christ.
Choose reconciliation. Bridges will take your further!
Philemon, 2 Corinthians 5:14-21