For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
This poem in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, "A Time for Everything," has come as much encouragement to me recently as I have been dealing with different issues with other believers. Specifically as I focus on 5b, which says, there is a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.
Although I will not go into the specifics of the situation here as I do not feel like that is either biblical or appropriate, I will say that I have recently been reminded that there is a time for everything and that it could come at any moment from anyone. Life is complex and it easy to get so caught up in what we are doing that we are surprised or taken back when certain events take place.
This passage has helped me to remember that at all times to expect the unexpected, but within that it has reminded me to look to Christ for strength within one of my spiritual gifts of discernment. Facing issues and having conflict in life is easy because we are still two sinners even within the most godly friendships or relationships, but having the discernment to know what action is most appropriate within that conflict is the difficulty.
Ultimately showing our dependence and need for Christ and his wisdom is the best action taken and allowing the Holy Spirit to change you or the other party within a given situation. Be open to admitting that you may be the one at fault and humble when approaching others about a conflict.
So is there a situation, decision, or conflict that you have been ignoring for sometime that you know it is time to embrace? Remember that there is a time and season for everything and perhaps today it is time for you to embrace it!