For even to this were you called [it is inseparable from your vocation]. For Christ also suffered for you, leaving you [His personal] example, so that you should follow in His footsteps.
— 1 Peter 2:21 (AMPC)
Instead of the walls that I used to build around my life, I have learned to build bridges. By the power of grace and God’s forgiveness, all the difficult and unfair things that happened to me in life have been turned into highways over which others can pass to find the same liberty that I found.
God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). What He has done for me, He will do for you too. As you draw closer to God on a daily basis, you can discover the same freedom that I have found, and you can become a bridge for others to pass over, instead of a wall that shuts them out.
Jesus pioneered a pathway to God for us. He became a highway for us to pass over. He sacrificed Himself for us, and now that we are benefiting from His sacrifice, He is giving us a chance to sacrifice for others so they can reap the same benefits we enjoy.
Instead of shutting people out, I suggest that you ask God to allow you to see them as He sees them. Love them, forgive them, and point them to God so He can heal their wounds and fill them with His peace and joy.
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for Your perfect peace. Because of Your great love for me, Your Word promises me that I can live in peace and free from stress, anxiety, frustration, bitterness, strife, and offense! Help me be a bridge that brings more people to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.