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Reconciliation – Wrong and Right

by on April 13, 2016

Reconciliation – Wrong and Right

Wrong – Pilate and Herod – the perfect political reconciliation.

And that same day Pilate and Herod became friends with one another, for before they were at enmity between themselves. Luke 23:12

That is reconciliation. Two men were enemies. Now they are friends.
Sad but true.

Right – Apostle Paul in I Corinthians five challenged the Corinthians to correct the sinful situation in the congregation. They were to gather together and by the authority of the Apostle and the Spirit of God they were to apply the truth to this situation.

And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, so that he who has done this deed may be taken from your midst.
For as being absent in body but present in spirit, I indeed have judged already as though I were present concerning him who worked out this thing;
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, with my spirit; also, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ;
to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. I Corinthians 5:2-5

Attempting to reconcile was dividing the congregation. Paul admonished them to gather together as a body in the name and power of our Lord Jesus Christ and apply Godly truth to the wayward person.

How does reconciliation work? Both parties seek the truth and then they both agree to follow and support and defend the truth. The Church is where this is supposed to happen. The Church is the pillar and the ground of the truth. The Church is where we pursue truth, live truth, and apply truth and reconcile on the basis of truth. Church leaders, like the Apostle Paul, are to lead out in perception and discernment in reconciliation.

Reconciliation is first of all to God and His truth. Reconciliation within the Church, will mean separation from wrong to preserve the reconciliation with God. Reconciliation with untruth will sever the reconciliation with God and His truth. Compromise with untruth will contaminate and jeopardize the standing of reconciliation with God.

It does not matter what we agree or disagree about. The only thing that matters is that we agree on the truth and agree to abide by and defend the truth. Godly reconciliation will then be our experience.

In this experience no one “wins” and no one “loses.” We all “win” because the cause of God’s eternal truth is victorious over all opinion and choice. Those from whom we need to separate will have to process their standing with God and consider confession and repentance.

 

Scriptures to Consider

Pro. 13:10 – Only by pride comes contention
15:1 a gentle answer turns away wrath
15:18 a hot temper yields strife, being slow to anger makes peace
16:28 pride sows strife, gossip separates best of friends
17:14 leave contention before it develops
19:11 discretion defers anger, glory to pass over a (personal) transgression
22:10 cast out the scorner and contention/strife shall cease
24:29 do not return evil for evil
26:20 where no wood is the fire goes out, without gossip the strife ceases
28:25 pride stirs up strife, trust in God makes blessing

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