By the grace of God, we’ve made it to the summer of 2021! During 2020 we were focused on staying healthy and not contracting the COVID-19 virus. Yes, it’s summer and most of us have received the complete dosages of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Fourth of July this summer represents a new kind of FREEDOM. We’re free to reunite with our family and friends with less fear of unknowingly being a spreader of the virus (if vaccinated). For many, we’re free to reunite at our place of worship, free to travel, visit, hug and kiss our loved ones once again.
However, while isolated during the pandemic we had time to give thought to what’s important in our lives. We were able to re-evaluate relationships and the importance of prioritizing the most meaningful ones. It’s time to revisit the results of those evaluations and pray about taking action to resolve any broken or fractured relationship with family and/or friends. After all, the Fourth of July is the beginning of family reunions and gatherings with family and friends throughout the summer. You may have even committed in prayer, if the Lord spared your life through this COVID-19 pandemic you would do whatever necessary to restore broken and fractured relationships. What better time than now to do just that?
Jesus declares, “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you.” John 15:12. It’s difficult to love one another with unresolved issues. I pray our hearts have been made clean and a right spirit has been renewed within us to love everyone as Jesus loves us, especially our family and friends. When attending family gatherings this summer remember, just as the complete ridding of the COVID-19 virus is an ongoing process, so is the complete healing and restoration of our broken and fractured relationships. We are blessed to have survived this deadly virus and should be grateful our Heavenly Father has kept us. We can see and experience this season of renewal and restoration; not to where we left off prior to the pandemic but, to our Father’s will for His Kingdom.
Biblical Steps for Conflict Resolution
1. Pray from a sincere heart for God to use you as a peacemaker to resolve conflict between you and your loved one(s). Matthew 5:9
2. Be truthful. John 8:32
3. Be humble. Romans 12:3
4. Be willing to ask for forgiveness and be willing to forgive. Colossians 3:13
“Love prospers when a fault is forgiven but dwelling on it separates close friends.” Proverbs 17:9