The Healing Hug Of Honesty

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‘An honest answer is like a warm hug.’ Proverbs 24:26

The one thing I love about my immediate family is this. The honesty with which we communicate one with each other. At times to be honest is painful,but as my extended family have, even to this day, continued to live with underlying hate of each other, misunderstanding and unforgiveness – I have made it a point to make sure that I have hammered an honesty stake into the ground when it comes to my children and their partners.

For decades there are members of my extended family who have not spoken to each other. Everybody knows what everybody else is thinking, but many of them refuse to say, ‘sorry’ or ‘I forgive you’.

That to me is really dumb. But I love them all the same.

To be honest, I don’t understand how mature adults can keep living this way. But as I cannot force them to heal the wounds inflicted by years of unforgiveness, I have determined that nothing that needs to be addressed in my immediate family will ever be swept under the carpet.

We do, and will continue to always confront issues or differences in a spirit of love. We will bring them out into the open. We will forgive. We will apologize. We will keep short accounts. We will recognize each others faults and yet we will love despite those faults. We will speak strong and yet speak in love. For none of us is perfect. None of us is flawless. But all of us have the capacity to love and to say sorry and to forgive.

We will not wait for the other party to make the first move. We will be the first to move.

Why?

Because an honest answer is like a warm hug.

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