If you are holding something against another person, or if you know they are holding something against you, what keeps you from going to them for resolution? Maybe you think, it’s too small to bother with today. At some point you will hear yourself say that it’s too big to bother with, and you will most likely move on, stepping over that pile of festering, unresolved muck. Of course you know the pile doesn’t go away. It keeps growing, both in you and the other person.
You might be curious to have missed the point where the issue was just the right size to address and make right. That’s because selfish hearts, desperate to be right and to be seen for being right, can’t possibly entertain that there is a right time to do a thing that someone else really “should do.”
We come to conflicts in this difficult time of life without emotional reserves. That can be our excuse for not making a thing right, or it can be our motivation to get it done today. Why make it right? Why be the one to take the initiative? Because that’s what followers of Jesus do. They reach for God the Holy Spirit, who resides in them, and they follow Him to the other person. They draw upon love that originates not in themselves, but in Him. And then they offer it to the person with whom they have an offense. Doesn’t matter even the slightest, who is in the right or not. It. Does. Not. Matter.
God does in a person’s heart whatever their heart is willing to have done. So it begs the question; If not today, when?
When a man’s ways please the Lord,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.