MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25
“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see
the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of
bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;”
Hebrews 12:14-15 ESV
STAYING ON YOUR FEET: RESOLVE CONFLICT
Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. grew up with a father he describes as physically present but emotionally absent. In his first book on parenting, Pitts openly chronicles his struggle to come to terms with his alcoholic father and the climate of fear he had created in their home. Pitts challenges all men to resolve the resentment toward their absent or abusive fathers instead of passing it on to the next generation.
Hebrews 12:14-15 applies to all Christians. It challenges us to continually pursue peace and avoid the bitterness that can result from unresolved conflicts. Think of what could happen in our families if we emptied our hearts of bitterness and made peaceful relationships our goal! If we have been blessed with a wise and loving father, we should be grateful and follow his example. But if our father has failed us, we must rely on God’s grace, resolve our anger toward him, and strive to be the kind of dad we never had. It won’t be easy, but with our heavenly Father as a perfect example, we can learn to be good dads. —David C. McCasland
One of the things that can trip up any of us in the race of faith is not handling conflict properly and promptly. As Christians, we have peace with God. And since we have peace with God it should be a goal for us to pursue peace with others. Are there any unresolved conflicts in your personal or professional life? Ask God what if anything, as a Christian, He wants you to do to pursue peace that you haven’t already done. Are you struggling with bitterness from past hurts? Ask God to help you find peace and not allow that bitterness to affect other relationships in your life.