“Sins Against You”
Cause us always to remember, O God, how important our relationships with each other are; give us the initiative to be proactive in the effort to maintain them when they are whole and to heal them when they are broken.
Give us grace to approach someone who has sinned against us and give us grace to be approached by someone against whom we have sinned.
Empower your church to be a body within which relationships are valued and real effort to preserve them is expended.
And even if a relationship is so badly broken that we have to back away from it, inspire us never to give up on it—just like you never give up on us.
“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” (Matthew 18:15-17)