Once upon a time two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It began with a small misunderstanding & it grew into a major difference & finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.
One morning there was a knock on John's door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter's toolbox. "I'm looking for a few days work" he said. "Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here & there. Could I help you?"
"Yes," said the older brother. "I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That's my neighbor, in fact, it's my younger brother. Last week there was a meadow between & he took his bulldozer to the river levee & now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I'll go him one better. See that pile of lumber over by the barn? I want you to build me a fence -an 8-foot fence - so I won't need to see his place anymore."
The carpenter said, "I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails & the post-hole digger & I'll be able to do a job that pleases you." The older brother had to go to town for supplies, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready & then he was off for the day.
The carpenter worked hard all that day. About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. The farmer's eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There was no fence at all. It was a bridge - a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work, - & the neighbor, his younger brother, was coming across, his hand outstretched. "You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I've said & done."
The two brothers met at the middle of the bridge, taking each other's hand. They turned to see the carpenter about to leave. "No, wait! Stay a few days. I've a lot of other projects for you," said the older brother. "I'd love to stay on," the carpenter said, "but I have so many more bridges to build." - (saltforsermons.org)
Col 3:13 (BBE) says: “Being gentle to one another and having forgiveness for one another, if anyone has done wrong to his brother, even as the Lord had forgiveness for you.”