As I was walking through these struggles I found myself bitter, hurt, angry, resentful and now I can see I was full of sin. It was hard for me to see it at the time, but now I realize I was just as much at fault for the struggles we were working through it wasn't just 'them', it was me too. When I realized how much of a role I played in the conflict I broke down. I realized in that moment I was approaching the situation with a sense of entitlement, I thought I was in the 'right' and everyone else wasn't. It was at that moment I realized I played a role in how the relationship had deteriorated and therefore I also had to share in carrying the burden in order to mend the relationship. Since this revelation the concept of forgiveness has been weighing heavily on my heart.
I'm so grateful for God's forgiveness for my sins. I'm also grateful for God's work and the healing that has taken place within relationships and friendships in my life. Take some time and think about a relationship or friendship that may be strained in your life. Is there a need for forgiveness? If so, I urge you to pray and ask God to soften your heart and walk you through the process of forgiveness and healing. Just remember, you are only responsible for yourself. The relationship you hope to mend may never heal in the way you'd like, even if it doesn't turn out the way you'd like, God has a way of working in your heart so you may find peace rather then hold on to resentment about the issues that brought your relationship or friendship to this point.