Don’t Go Through Life Looking For A Fight

Tomorrow is Father’s Day. I hope that you will take the time to see your Dad, if you can. At the very least, give them a call.
But maybe you and your Dad don’t get along. Or, maybe you or your family don’t get along. If so, I encourage you to resolve it if you can.
In I Samuel, there was a time when David’s son Absalom had been estranged from his Dad. Then, Absalom returned to Jerusalem, where his Father was. Yet, the Bible says “Absalom lived two years in Jerusalem without seeing the king’s face.” For two years, David and Absalom lived in the same city but didn’t see one another. Why? Because there was bitterness between them.
What about you? Is there bitterness between you and your family? If there is, you need to do your part to resolve it.
You may say, “Nope… I’m not going first… they need to come to me…” Ok, take that approach but, it’s very possible that nothing will ever get done and one day, you will regret that you didn’t make the move.
Years later, in II Samuel 19, Absalom dies. The word is given to King David and he cries out, “O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!” David was sorry that he and his son had lived in the same city for two years but had never seen one another.
If you are holding a grudge with someone… if you are bitter with someone, put it to rest. If you need to, admit your mistake…go to the person you are bitter with, y’all talk it out and move on.
Now, someone may say, “Ok, I’ve gone to my family but they wouldn’t talk. Or, I’ve tried to resolve some differences but the individual won’t forgive me.” If you have done that, you have done your part. There is nothing else you can do.
Years ago, there was a Minister that I knew who was constantly fighting something. He had always had something in his craw. Well, I was talking one day with another Minister who knew this man and he said regarding our friend who was always fighting; “He gets up every day looking for a fight.”
That’s a terrible way to live. Don’t go through life looking for a fight. And if that’s been the case with your family, get that straight and enjoy time together.

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