Communication Required

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 14:21-15:12

The fallout from Amnon's sin and then Absalom's sin continues to unfold as we move into 2 Samuel 14. Absalom is allowed to move back to Jerusalem, but when he returns his life is anything but normal. He's living in his hometown, but for all intents and purposes, he's ostracized by David and those surrounding him.

Absalom wants a restored relationship with his father, but it doesn't happen. And even when he forces a meeting with David, the tension between them is not put to rest. Sadly, even though these two men love each other deeply, there is no real effort of reconciliation from either of them. When they finally come face-to-face there is no recognition of wrongdoing, no seeking of forgiveness, no words of affection exchanged--all things that are necessary components for rebuilding a strong relationship. Absalom returns home still feeling hurt, rejected and unloved, and still harboring anger toward David for his lack of action with Amnon. In this state, Absalom's feelings fester into resentment and bitterness, and the next thing we see is a son turning against his father in the worst possible way.

God designed us to be in relationship with others--and especially our family. So when bonds and friendships are damaged or broken, we hurt and grieve. Whether we voice it or not, we long for reconciliation. But in order for restoration to take place there has to be proper communication.

What hinders us from seeking reconciliation with someone who has hurt us, or with someone we have hurt? What are the dangers of not dealing with our anger and hurt feelings? Is there someone you need to initiate communication with in order to start the reconciliation process? If so, ask God to help and guide you and then take action. Tami

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Great blog today. So true.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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