Everyday I receive a daily devotional email from the Purpose Driven Connection. This week the devotions all focused on restoring relationships. Everyday people get into arguments. Now please do not miss understand me. I have my quarrels with people. But I also try to make it right.
However, I do have to admit a grudge that I have held now for the last couple of years against someone. I have prayed to God, not only to vent my frustrations, but also to give me understanding of the situation. "What causes fights and quarrels among you? . . .You want something but don't get it . . . You do not have, because you do not ask God" (James 4:1-2 NIV). Why do we fight with loved ones, friends, or even co-workers?
Just recently we crossed paths with this person. I went the other way. Craig waved at them and then waited for them to stop and talk. I immediately was irritated at Craig. “Why did he just do that? He knows how I feel about them.” To my surprise, they stopped and talked. Was this God providing the first step? A question I really don’t know how to answer. But I know we all need to make it right. “If you enter your place of worship and are about to make an offering, but you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God" (Matthew 5:23-24). Dear Lord, please continue to give me the strength and encouragement to heal this relationship.