Did you know that the phrase ghosting is actually in the dictionary now? The definition of ghosting is, the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication.

Now I’m not a psychologist, but my bet is that people ghost when they don’t want to address a conflict. This is so sad and disrespectful. The majority of people in the world are conflict averse, and it takes practice to learn to be comfortable managing conflict.

The Bible as much to say about conflict. Here are two examples:

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen to even the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” Matthew 18:15-17

“Rather, than speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:15-16

What is the bottom line? God doesn’t want us to run from conflict. God wants us to loving address and work through conflict!

Is there a broken relationship you’ve been avoiding? I encourage you to ask the Lord to give you strength to initiate communication and begin the process of reconciliation and restoration! I bet if the Bible was written today, there may be a verse on ghosting!