I want to take a moment to address something that we don’t normally like to talk about. The problem of social issues, or if you will, people problems. Many of us have this struggle that we refuse to admit…that is a problem with people, or at least certain people.
The struggle is real, and unfortunately we don’t want to admit that we have it. Whether it is a problem with someone because of an illness and we just don’t know how to act, or one that goes deeper because of a personal issue that we have with someone, we all have an issue that we need to address at times.
One of the biggest things that we see is that many times we need to drop our pride and be willing to work through the issue…but we won’t. We refuse to face it head on, rather we would like to sit and share it with someone else who has nothing to do with the situation.
We do not need to be afraid of facing these issues; in fact, we are commanded to confront them, one-on-one, face-to-face…
Matthew 18:15 states, “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.”
Why are we so afraid to just sit down and talk about something we are facing with the person we are facing it with? Why do we build walls and struggle through a circumstance that we honestly could let go of and resolve?
I want to issue a challenge to everyone today…including myself. If there is an issue you are facing with someone, face it, head on…if you are struggling to let go of issues that can cause social stereotyping, ask God to help you let go of the personal prejudices that are keeping you from being Christ-like…Do not let your personal vendettas cause a rift between you and your Heavenly Father.
Resolve to keep from having issues with one another and let’s practice what Christ preached today!