27 Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed. 28 Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years. 29 Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
This is the conclusion to the story of Isaac.
What interested me about this passage was despite a relationship breakdown Isaac’s sons Jacob and Esau reconciled their differences in time to bury their father. I went back and read the entire story of Jacob and Esau. What a relationship train wreck. Jacob scammed Esau out of his rightful inheritance and Esau held a murderous grudge against Jacob causing him to flee the land for more than twenty years.
Despite all this dysfunctionality Jacob eventually found the courage to approach his brother for forgiveness and Esau demonstrated a desire to unconditionally reconcile with Jacob.
Family relationship breakdowns are difficult. Only recently I experienced my own sibling dispute and was surprised how powerful the temptation to either strikeout in anger or run away from the issues can be. Christians are not immune to these problems, but they do have a responsibility to reconcile disputes. It takes courage to face the issues, forgiveness to overcome transgressions and practice to maintain healthy relationships.
So, take the time today to consider any unresolved family disputes you might have.
Lord, help us to have courage, forgiveness, and wisdom to reconcile family disputes before it is too late. Amen!
Written by David Newton