Relationship Day #3
Jesus had twelve human beings that He called His disciples. They pretty much had personalities exactly like everyone of us – quick-tempered, fearful, distrustful, emotional, easily provoked – but they were loyal to Him. Peter was the first to ask Jesus how often we must forgive. Really Peter? Hmmm…
Jesus’ responds – “seventy times seven times.” Jesus, how did you arrive at that number? Oh yeah! Forgiving others = Limitless forgiveness for you. No matter how many times you do badly you can get back up and go again then pay it forward.
Judas Iscariot is who we call a two-face (hypocritical, back-stabbing, false, disloyal) yet he was one of Jesus inner circle who saw many miracles but was fake. His betrayal only had one reaction from Jesus – “Friend, do what you are here to do”. I love it! Oh, to be like Jesus!
Some people come into our life for: Reason. Season. Lifetime. And some people come into our life to teach us how to let go. But everyone we meet has a purpose.
Those who come for a REASON is usually there to meet a need you may have shared. They are good at what they do and can assist you in what you need. They give you guidance and support. They are a godsend, and they truly are. But when the assignment is over, and the work is done – it is time to move on. They came only for a REASON.
Some people come for a SEASON. Whatever your season in life maybe – Winter. Summer. Autumn. Fall they will teach you something you have never done before. They may bring laughter into your life giving you great memories. But believe it or not – it’s only for a SEASON.
Then there are people who come into your life to teach you HOW TO LET GO. My friends, this is one of the toughest tests to come to terms with, but you can’t afford to let yourself drown in sorrow and sadness when its time to abruptly let them go. It’s okay to grieve for awhile but accept the things you cannot change and learn HOW TO LET GO!
Few come to be LIFETIME friends. These people bring out the best in you. They are rare and they remind you each day why they are special. When you share the same values – you speak without regret or fear of your words being misinterpreted. They are loyal and understand your weakness and cheers for you when you win. LIFETIME friends are few but are dependable.
No matter who is there for a Reason/Season/Lifetime/ or to teach us how to let go – always keep your own voice. The crowds may be noisy with people coming and going, but your inner voice will be your moral compass.
In closing, Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” As we live through the different stages of relationships in our life’s story it is awesome to remember that God has a plan for our lives.