Two weeks and two challenges later, and here we all we are in week three of the #Getcomfortablebeinguncomfortable campaign.
October 2013, is slowly, but surely taking its bow….
Before I divulge the full details of this weeks challenge, I’d like to salute everybody who over the last seven day stretch, plucked up the courage to Just Ask. Whatever it was you were asking for, one thing that I’m pretty sure of is that it probably took some guts. So well done to you all for stepping out.
Week Three, Challenge Three – 16/10/13 – 22/10/13 : Make Amends
If you haven’t noticed by now with each week, each challenge becomes progressively harder. And so far, I really think that this weeks task will prove to be a tough one for the vast majority of us. And not just because of the obvious reasons that can easily be attributed to pride, stubbornness and an over-inflated ego, but more so I believe that the difficulty so many of us face in initiating peace or humbling ourselves to either seek or accept forgiveness, lies in our struggle to look past the hurt and dare I even say it “forget the pain that we might be feeling” for a single moment, and simply make the effort to reconcile.
Now, I’m not saying that it’s always going to be as simple or as straightforward as just putting your grievances to one side in order to restore harmony between you and whoever may have upset, betrayed or even taken advantage of you. I’m not even suggesting that you go as far as to completely ignore your feelings – God not only created emotions, he gave them to us as vehicle through which we can process, express and share our inner most thoughts and experiences. However, we are supposed to have dominion over our emotions and the influence that they eventually have on our actions, and not the other way around.
What I am saying, is that harbouring bitterness, holding grudges and prolonging unforgiveness are not only unhealthy for our spirit beings and our relationships, but actively remaining in any of the aforementioned states is explicitly unbiblical. We are in actual fact instructed to do the exact opposite. It doesn’t get any clearer than Ephesians 4:31-32 (New Living Translation) ;
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
Psalms 34:14 takes it a step further and tells us to “search, pursue and crave peace with one another and work to maintain it.” (Paraphrased).
So with all that said, I want to encourage you all to prayerfully ask God for the strength to;
1) Endure the inevitable discomfort that comes with confronting fall outs and spats.
2) The wisdom and humility to make amends with the people that you need to make peace with – in and with the love of Christ.
Love & Light,