Lent Day 32

“And that’s about it, friends. Be cheerful. Keep things in good repair. Keep your spirits up. Think in harmony. Be agreeable. Do all that, and the God of love and peace will be with you for sure.”
2 Corinthians 13:11-13

We all know we should keep our vehicles in good repair. If the oil gets low, we take it for an oil change. If the check engine light comes on, we take it to the garage to be find out what might be amiss. If we ignore these warning signs, we may find ourselves paying out for costly repairs or find ourselves stranded on the side of the road.

Our relationships, like our vehicles, need to be kept in good repair. To keep our relationships in the community of faith in good repair means that the members are well taken care of; it means the relationships function as they are intended to function. We need to heed any warning signs. Have you missed seeing someone for several weeks? Does your sister-in-Christ seem distracted or preoccupied? Is one of the members of your small group not responding to attempts to get in touch with them?

Relationships in the community of faith are kept in good repair when people’s spirits are being strengthened and built up, when harmony and peace are a priority, and when we can lovingly agree to disagree. As with a vehicle, it is better to keep our relationships in good repair, rather than waiting till there is a costly breakdown and, possibly, unrepairable damage is done.

Dear Father God, help me to keep my relationships in good repair by making harmony, peace, and mutual encouragement a priority. Let me be aware of any warning signs and address them in Your spirit of love and peace. In Jesus name, Amen.

Written by Reenie Peppers

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1 Comment

Dawn - March 28th, 2023 at 7:10am

The girls likes to tell me, “The check engine light is not a suggestion.”