What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (James 4:1-3)
In this season of Thanksgiving, we remember the things in which we are thankful. As you make your list, either written or mentally, do you find that you are thankful for fights or quarrels? Usually not. What we can be thankful for are the times when reconciliation is experienced. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” He didn’t say blessed are the peacemakers only if they are right. So isn’t it more important to experience peace then to be right?
In a situation of disagreement you are experiencing right now, where you feel you are right and the other person is wrong, are you willing to give up your “rightness” and place it at the foot of the cross for the sake of reconciliation? If not, you may want to ask yourself why it is so important to hold on tightly to being right. Where is the focus…on you or God?
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the opportunities to reconcile. It is difficult to do so at the time, but feels so much better afterwards. It is important to do our part as we follow you. I pray we can be obedient to you in doing so. Amen
Faith Tip: Consider the relationships in your life that need reconciling. Pray for direction and be obedient to what God tells you.