Proverbs 18:19 (Amplified Bible)
19 A brother offended is harder to be won over than a strong city, and [their]
contentions separate them like the bars of a castle.

The wisdom of Solomon speaks to quarrels among brothers and close friends.
Once a brother or close friend is offended it can be difficult to reconcile the
problem. The arguments that ensue can separate each other like the bars of a
castle keep the people apart.

Charles Dickens stories included family harmony and fireplace scenes with
gatherings of family and friends. But in Dickens real life his extended family
constantly put a drain on his finances, which left him uncomfortable and
anxious. Dickens demanded loyalty from his friends, but when he separated from
his wife Catherine those not sympathetic to him felt his wrath. Dickens lost
friends and it would often be years before he would reconcile with them. In one
case it took a grave side gathering of a common friend for Dickens to reconcile
with one friend. The Bible tells us if we expect God to forgive us, we need to
learn to forgive our brother. We should not harbor resentment but offer God's
loving grace. Are there broken relationships in your life between family or
friends? Pray that God would give you the strength to extend mercy and grace to
those who might have offended you. Ask that you might be able to reach out to
them in order to heal your relationship. And if you have offended someone go to
that person and ask their forgiveness. Ask God for his loving grace to be with