My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back (Message Bible)
Who have you written off?
Have you ever lost something and thought you would not find it? Did you resolve it was gone, and you decided you were going to replace it or do without it? Well, you can make those kinds of decisions with stuff, but not with people. What are some reasons you and your friend may have parted ways?
- You have changed the way you see things, a different spiritual perspective.
- You cannot agree to disagree and keep going.
- You believe someone has to change their mind, you’re at an impasse.
- Life and choices have changed the intensity of your relationship.
Please remember, you don’t fight against flesh and blood. The enemy thought he would separate you and make you weak. He may have used you or your friend. But know this, you did not waste the time you invested in your friendship. During those days, weeks, months and/or years, you grew and developed. What you learned will be useful for the next relationship and to encourage and strengthen someone else.
Genesis 50:20 Even though you intended to harm me, God intended it only for good, and through me, He preserved the lives of countless people, as He is still doing today. (The Voice, TVT)
Know that the Lord was watching and both of you will be fine. Let God dictate the ebb and flow. When He puts them on your mind, find a way to reach out. With today’s social technology, if you want to find them, you will. Not to rekindle what once was, but to let them know you love them, and they are always in your prayers.
Philippians 1:3-4 Whenever you cross my mind, I thank my God for you and for the gift of knowing you. 4 My spirit is lightened with joy whenever I pray for you (and I do constantly) (The Voice, TVT)
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I thank You for my friendships. You have taught me how to love those who are no longer actively a part of my life. You have given me instruction on what to do when You put them on my mind and in my heart from time to time. Until now, I’ve just said I don’t know where they are or I don’t know how to find them. I have given myself an out. I repent for that. I can reach out. I can use the tools available to me to find them. I can talk to them. I can share Your love. You were there when the separation happened, and You are here now. Whatever happened is in the past. I know it feels good for someone to say they love and miss me. Even if I can’t find them, I can pray for them. You have no hands but mine, no feet but mine. Help me remember this the next time You place someone on my heart. Though I can pray for them, if I can, I should do more…