The Cup I Shattered

I owned a sleek, white ceramic mug imprinted with my name and its meaning—God is gracious. My absentmindedness demolished it.

While standing in the driveway talking to my husband, I set it on the roof of the car. After finishing the conversation, he went inside, and I got in the car to run errands. I made it all the way to the end of the street before a bumping, clunking noise caught my attention. I glanced in the rear view mirror just in time to see the mug bounce down the back window and onto the trunk before it smashed into pieces on the road behind me. Spilled coffee streamed down the window. No point in going back—it was beyond saving.

Sometimes a relationship can be damaged so badly, repair seems impossible, leaving behind only memories. Moving on appears to be the only option.

Our most severed relationship is the broken one between the Lord and ourselves. Jesus fixed what we can’t fix and invited us to accept his eternal repair. His love is that great.

Paul says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

When a friendship breaks, seeking to mend it is the example Jesus gave us. After we evaluate our part in the situation and consider the other person, he’ll bring to our mind ways we can seek repair and restoration. A cooling off period allows reactive feelings to subside. Depending on the situation, a call, a text, or even a card in the mail could follow. Once you extend your olive branch of peace, you’ve done your part. We can ask for forgiveness, but not demand it.

How do you extend an olive branch?

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