Find the Seed: God’s Word
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32 NIV
Prepare the Soil: Devotional & Prayer
Fellowship among believers is pivotal to a relationship with Christ. However, it is necessary to remember that humans, Christian and non Christians, are imperfect. Maybe you have experienced hurt, rejection, or betrayal from someone very close to you and you have not been able to extend forgiveness to them. Maybe you are the person who has brought hurt to someone who is dear to you and you’ve not found the time to reconcile the relationship. Regardless, God does not want broken fellowship among believers. This gives room for the enemy to stir up bitterness and anger or guilt and shame inside of you.
Christians fellowship together on the basis of the fact that they are forgiven sinners – forgiven, yes, but still sinners. Knowing this, we have a responsibility to ask for forgiveness when we’ve wronged someone and to forgive when someone has wronged us. We should strive to create a space that is honest and real even when we make mistakes. Jesus says so clearly in John 13:35 that what sets us apart from the world is our ability to love one another. Whether you find yourself on the side of the coin seeking forgiveness or the side needing to forgive, be encouraged and seek God for help in taking a next step today.
Prayer: Lord, I need your help and your insights. Today I have gained a better understanding of forgiving others. With your help, I choose now to fully forgive (name them) from my heart. I call upon You, Lord, to help me forgive them. Just as you have freely forgiven me, I forgive them. Father, if there is anything I have done to cause fellowship to be broken between me and a fellow believer, I ask you to reveal it to me. Give me the courage to seek forgiveness, and give me the words to say that will reach them clearly. I trust you in this circumstance. Thank you, Father, for forgiving me and I ask that you reconcile this relationship to a place that will glorify only you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Get Rooted: Apply it Today
Write down the name that came to mind as you completed your devotional today. After praying the prayer, ask the Holy Spirit what you should do next. If He leads you, call them, send them a personal message or commit to praying for them. Share with us how God encourages you to take one small step in this.
Dig Deeper: Go Further
How could you use Colossians 4:3-4 to pray when someone has offended you or you have offended someone? Check out more scriptures here that will help you deal with broken fellowship.