September 8, 2014

Matthew 18:15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”

There is an old saying that people are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. Well, there are probably a lot of reasons people are lonely, but many people are indeed lonely. An early Beatles song asked, “All the lonely people, where do they all come from…. All the lonely people, where do they all belong?” We hide from one another with too many or too few words. We divide humanity into teams but wonder to which team we really belong. In the Genesis account of the first two people it is said that they were naked and unashamed. That didn’t last long. What would happen if we were really willing and able to deal with each other as we really are; with all our faults and failures on the table; without the pretense and the posturing? What if we had relationships where we could challenge each other because we wanted the best for all concerned? What if we trusted one another with the deep, and sometimes dark, parts of ourselves? Well, we might not be so lonely. Our sin builds walls. God’s love builds bridges. What are you building this week?

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