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Re-Reconciliation

by on August 2, 2014

 

II Corinthians 5-7 instructs believers about reconciliation. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. Those who believe God accept that reconciliation. God then gives them the charge to become agents of reconciliation – ambassadors for God to the reconciliation of the world to God. As people hear the message, they can decide for or against God’s offer of reconciliation.

It is necessary for individuals to be reconciled to God before they can become ambassadors/agents of reconciliation for others. So, reconciliation with God must come before reconciliation with others and before offering reconciliation from God to others.

Once a person becomes a believer and has a relationship in the Body of Christ, the t Church, he/she then becomes a worshipper of God. If, in the process of worship, he/she remembers that there is a lack of fellowship between him/her and another believer, reconciliation requires that they reconcile with the brother/sister before expecting worship of God to be accepted.

All reconciliation must be on the basis of truth. Reconciliation not based on truth or fact is simply agreement to not continue hostility. It is not true reconciliation. True reconciliation means at-one-ment. We now can live without issues that will impede our fellowship. This is true with our reconciliation with God and with other people.

Truth is the highest value. If people do not accept the truth of the situation, reconciliation will not occur. Only truth-based reconciliation fits the Bible teaching. “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself.” That is truth. Jesus paid the cost of reconciliation by His death on the Cross.

False reconciliation is not reconciliation at all. It is simply an agreement to tolerate someone or some condition. It does not result in restoration of Biblical fellowship.

Reconciliation can occur between two people who are not Godly. They can agree to work together or not work against each other. These alliances are not Biblical reconciliation. They look good and feel good but are not built on the Biblical basis of God’s sacrifice for us. They are based on selfish ambition and worldly desires.

Many issues should not result in lack of fellowship. Some issues are deal-breakers for the Christian. The following chart is an attempt to illustrate levels of conflict and attempts at reconciliation.

Degrees of and responses to conflict

                                                            Wrong                            Right/Biblical

1. Disagreement                       silent treatment          discussion

2. Personality                          anger                              appreciation

3. Applications                        reject                            understanding

4. Principles                            give in                            convictions

5. Error                                     overlook                        address/forbear

6. Sin                                           tolerate                           confront/restore

7. Persistent sin                     compromise                   separate-not resolve

Mild disagreements should be settled by discussion. Sin and persistent sin dare not be resolved. “Come out from among them and be ye separate, says the Lord.”

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