This past Friday a member of the upper management at my work really ticked me off. This person got involved in an incident in which they didn’t have all the information and chastised me in an email and cc’d others making it public.
I held back and asked politely to please consider coming to me and talking about it before publicly commenting and correcting me. They came back with their reasoning which I answered and they wrote back again and I wondered why they didn’t just pick up the phone and talk to me. I was going to if they wrote again. I prayed and asked God to help me in this situation. I was so frustrated and angry.
Then they sent me a text saying that an appointment had cancelled and they wanted to talk. I immediately called and we resolved the issue.
I was so thankful that God cancelled their appointment. Made a way for us to resolve the issue. I understood why they emailed, they were trying to resolve it but were waiting for an appointment so couldn’t get involved in a conversation.
I was reminded about my devotional that morning in Ephesians 4: 1-1-3.
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
As we serve we are to be humble, gentle, patient. We are to bear with one another in love, and make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
God made a way for us to resolve this by cancelling this person’s appointment. I needed to be patient, and trust God to make a way for reconciliation. To bear with this person lovingly. And keep the unity between us with the help of the Holy Spirit (I was not able to myself, in the natural), and have a “bond” of peace with that person.
Whew! Not easy! But we are to: “live a life worthy of the calling we have received”. God calls us to this seemingly impossible life practice. But he gives us the Spirit to help us do this. To maintain, to keep, the unity through the bond of peace.