My Bible reading today was about making things right with your enemy.
‘…say you’re out on the street and an old enemy accosts you. Don’t lose a minute. Make the first move; make things right with him.‘ Matthew 5:25
“Agree with your adversary quickly…” Have you suddenly reached a certain place in your relationship with someone, only to find that you have anger in your heart? Confess is quickly-make it right before God. Be reconciled to that person- do it now! – Oswald Chambers
But what if you are the enemy? What if you have done everything in you to apologize for selfish behavior and tread far away from them so they can heal, but they are unable to heal?
I read scriptures all the time about what to do if someone wrongs you, but what are we supposed to do when the people we hurt are not strong enough to do their part?
I can’t force myself on them. That would not be ‘love.’
‘Love….doesn’t force itself on others…’ 1 Corinthians 13:1
I can’t go through days without wishing they would try me.
To those of you who are hurt and scared: Consider this – try it.
Try to put the commands in scripture to the test. See if they could possibly be the key to the healing you so badly want.
‘Try me,’ says your enemy. If they’re reading and believing the same Bible as you, you’ve made a friend.
“If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend” – Jesus, Matthew 18:5
I’m just saying it’s possible that healing avails itself in obedience even if the obedience costs you more than you have.