I am not meant to live my life alone. I just take a quick look at my body, and I know this for sure.
My body is not made up of one part but of many (1 Corinthians 12:14 NIV), and there is no division in the body, but all its different parts have the same concern for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25 GNT).
The truth in my anatomy is also the truth in my relationships with other people. I am wired to connect. I am designed to relate to others.
At strategical points in my life, I felt the longing for belongingness aching to be fulfilled. God put that desire in my heart. I am to be part of relationships in the body of Christ.
I have learned through experience that relationships can be risky. Relationships work imperfectly. People can set me back and hurt me. Have you ever given your whole heart to others, but they gave it back to you in pieces? Have you ever shared your life with others, but they responded with betrayal?
As much as relationships can build you, they can also break you. Tweet
Do not give up in spite of the brokenness that your past relationships have caused you. Tear down the wall you built around your heart and welcome people into your life. Choose to build new relationships and make amends with those that were broken. Why? Jesus replied in Matthew 22:39 (NLT), “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
It is not an easy thing to do, but it is the more loving thing to do, and the more loving thing to do glorifies the One who first loved you.