Wednesday, March 28
Today we say “Yes” to Reconciling with Someoneand “No” toResentment. As much as we might like to avoid Reconciling with certain people in our life, this is a Challenge that needs to be completed. Sure, we can probably avoid this issue forever, but the resulting Resentment, pain, and remorse causes much more damage than we realize.
Unresolved conflicts do not simply disappear. Even if there are no visible signs or consequences of conflict between individuals, deep-seeded hurt, animosity, and unresolved issuescan create a variety of problems. A few of these impacted areas include our relationships with others, the way we respond to conflict and adversity, our overall decision-making, and even our physical health.
Take a moment to read a passage from the Apostle Paul about Reconciliation. “The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you” (2 Corinthians 5:18b-20, The Message).
Consider a problem, conflict, or issue in your own life that remains unresolved. Then try to calculate the amount of time you have spent worrying over this one unresolved problem. Today can be the day to finally put the issue to rest through Reconciliation. Pray for Reconciliation to take place and then make the earnest effort, and if the other party doesn’t (or can’t) receive it, then it is no longer your responsibility. Just give it to God and He will take it from there.
Today, say “Yes” to Reconcile with Someone and “No” to Resentment!