Thorny Relationships Becoming Rosy
I'm not obligated to you to hold the same grudges or judgment against said acquaintance as someone else does. I have only one Master to whose directive I'm bound, Who commands me to relate to that person just as He does, with a steady and consistent outflow of unconditional love, as well as forgiveness to the tune of "70 X 7". That's all I need to know. And I'm certainly not very good at it on my own! But it is His standard. So I need a mind that's conformed to Christ's, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to even begin to grow into that. Therefore what I do not need is the excess baggage of someone else's former difficulties with said mutual acquaintance, trying to get me to take sides against them. I'm trying to get into the mode of relating to that soul as Christ does, and that is not always an easy thing to do, something a human may not be able to generate without divine help. But lately I'm becoming aware of the deep flaws in my own thinking on this matter... (Don't worry. There will be no mutual luncheons to which warring parties are invited in near future. ) But what a joyous world it would be if all let bygones be bygones and put on the Mind of Christ in all matters. We live in perilous times where sincere bonds may need to be forged to survive, where we cannot afford to indulge the chipping away at what God builds (Christ love) within by the fatal flaw of un-forgiveness.