At bible study tonight we were in 2 Cor 6:11 - 7:16. Here is when Paul is talking to the people of Corinth telling them that he is coming to them with an open heart and that he loves them and only wants what is best for them. He is asking the people to do the same. Accept him with an open heart and pray for their best for him.
Tonight we began our conversations talking about how we confront people that we care about when we have to discuss a hard issue. I heard someone say that it takes two to have a relationship and only 1 to tear it down. Another said that we are called to repair shattered relationships by getting the "me" out of it. And then one other said that if there is a genuine value in your relationship, you will not always have to be right. You can agree to disagree. The women that meet in the sanctuary on Tuesday nights are honest and each has their own story and their own way of expressing that story. In speaking to people who you care deeply about the ability to accept them just as they are is such an important part of being IN relationship with them. This is the shoring up that becomes one of the pillars that holds the relationship together. Having to correct someone is never easy: having to correct someone you love adds another dimension of it ain't easy to the mix.