I would say that we’ve been socially distant for quite some time, well before we encountered this pandemic. This type of social distancing I’m referring to is the distance between people who have allowed misunderstandings to come in between their relationship, opening the door to assumptions and causing them to think whatever the enemy wants them to think about each another.
This type of social distancing is one that chooses not to communicate to the person about any issues but rather communicate them to others who have nothing to do with the situation. Meanwhile, the problem is still not solved. So it makes you want to ask the question. Would you rather seek peace in the relationship, or would you rather keep your ego? Why do you talk about it to others if you’re not planning on fixing it? If there’s no desire to fix it, stop talking about it.
As Christians, we have not done a great job at reconciling. Unfortunately, we’re better at cutting people off, and many times, the other person doesn’t even know the reason why. It takes courage and humility to resolve an issue in a relationship that you know in your heart can be saved.
So I admonish you today, time is too short to hold grudges and offense. We are living in uncertain times. People have lost their jobs and loved ones. We’re fighting an invisible enemy in the form of an illness. Take the first step and pursue peace. Reach out through a phone call and pursue peace. Take the time to hear each other’s heart. Let’s allow Psalm 34:14 to be the anthem of our hearts: “Turn away from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”