Should you try to work with someone you are mad at?

I have been getting in touch with a lot of anger towards my mother.
Do I have a responsibility to talk to her?

You have asked a question that a lot of people wonder about. The first thing to do is to get with someone wise and talk it out, getting good feedback about the issue. If there is real hurt and things that have happened, then you need understanding and healing for that. Express the pain, and understand what has actually occurred.

Second, get a good understanding of your part of the problem. If there are attitudes you need to own up to and confess to her, then do that. Forgive her, and ask for forgiveness on your part.

Then thirdly, if possible, you do owe it to her to work out the conflict and the forgiveness and reconciliation process. That can get tricky, based on how bad the relationship is, but it is always incumbent on us to try to reconcile. As Paul says, we are to be at peace with others so much as it depends on us. (Romans 12:18) It is always God’s wish for us to reconcile as much as is possible, and that would be good for both of you.

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