Fill the Gap
March 24 - 30 • Week 3: Direct Connect
A lack of trust will ruin relationships among us. Gaps are created when what we expect is different than what we experience. We tend to either fill the gap with suspicion or trust. This week, we look at the importance of directly connecting with the other person when our trust in them begins to erode.
If what I experience begins to erode my trust, I will come directly to you about it.
When you hear the word “confront,” what feelings in you arise?
Pastor Ronnie shared on Sunday the difference between confronting someone face to face in a healthy way and confrontation. When have you experienced either and what happened to your relationship?
Read John 1:14. Jesus didn’t just balance grace and truth; He was full of grace and truth. What are specific ways that you can live out the fullness of grace and truth like Jesus did in your relationships today?
Who do you need to directly go to today? You don’t need to share names or specifics with your whole group. Instead write that person’s name down on a piece of paper or in your phone. Break up into partners and make a plan to check on each other and pray for one another throughout the week to keep accountable.
Take some time now to invite Jesus into your relationships. Ask Him to show you how to healthily confront that person or people in your life while remaining fully in His grace and truth. Ask Jesus to prepare your heart for the outcome of that discussion, and place your trust in Jesus no matter what.
Next Step Challenge
When you directly connect with that person in your life this week, go with the mindset to restore that relationship instead of trying to make a point or just be right. Although you don’t know the outcome, you can trust Jesus completely with what will happen. Pray for others in your group who will be doing the same thing, and lean on each other for prayer and accountability.
“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.” – Matthew 18:15
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