Any time we bury a hurt alive, it will keep rising from the dead to haunt us. (Renee Swope, Christian author)

Sometimes when we’ve been hurt deeply, we intentionally avoid any attempt to resolve the conflict that created the wound. Instead, we bury it, thinking that we can move on without any consequence. Most of us have found, however, that that doesn’t work. As Swope suggests, the hurt keeps popping up its ugly head. We would do well to seek reconciliation.

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there [at] the altar. First go and be reconciled to them (Matthew 5:23-25).