Growing up, the door to my bedroom was just a little too big. It was the kind of door that was considered “shut” when about 1/8” of the door overlapped the frame. If you shoved hard enough, you could close it all the way, but that just meant it was going to be a pain to open again. Have you ever had a door like that?
Occasionally, we find these same stuck doors in the relationships of life. Maybe a friend hurt you at some point, so you closed the door. At first, it just overlapped the frame a small bit, but as the unaddressed hurt feelings festered, you pushed more forcefully on the door until it was completely closed. Now, it’s much too difficult to open that door, so why bother?
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9 (ESV)
As sinful people, we secretly love shutting doors. But that was never God’s plan for us. Rather than repaying evil, hurt, and pain with a slammed door, we are instead called to open doors and be a blessing. That’s so hard. Maybe you regretted a decision to slam the door and tried to open it later, only to find it stuck or even secured from the other side. You see, our door-slamming also causes pain and hurt and slammed doors.
Thankfully, our God is a master door-opener. When we disobey God, it’s like we’re slamming the door in His face. We may spend years barricading that door shut because we’re ashamed of what we did, angry at God, or just plain hurting. But God sent Jesus to open that door. And no matter how secure we try to make it, God can always open it.
And now, He invites us to open doors with Him. We have opportunity to restore broken and battered relationships—not because we’re so strong, but because God can open any door. So let’s do it. I know it’s hard, but you can be a blessing to others by opening all those stuck doors with God’s divine power.