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Reconciliation – the Dire Need

by on March 10, 2017

Reconciliation – the Dire Need

No relationship can continue indefinitely without the need for reconciliation. We will hurt each other in some way. It is inevitable. We must seek reconciliation and pursue it.

It is easier to cut people out of your life or eliminate them from your contacts than it is to make amends and reconcile. That said, there are issues that should not be reconciled. If there is on-going sin and harm or if there is Biblical principle at stake, then reconciliation is typically wrong.

Some people must be eliminated if they are irreconcilable and/or abusive. That should be true in very few situations. If truth is compromised of if harm is being done, separation has to occur. Even in those cases, some level of reconciliation should be sought.

All humans will eventually fail you. All close relationships will eventually bring some level of pain. All will need your forgiveness and you will need theirs.

“I have tried to live to bless you. I have failed. I still love you and I will still love you. I need your forgiveness. You are allowed to reject me. That is your privilege. If you do that without good reason, we both will lose. If we reconcile, we will both win – and God will win also.”

Some people do not feel worthy of love or forgiveness. They do not want to allow themselves to be loved because they do not feel worthy. They do not love themselves. Rejection feels more normal to them than acceptance. It is difficult to love someone who does not love him/her self.

Open you heart and mind and life to reconciliation today. Seek those who have offended you and those whom you have offended. Without any compromise and without any rejection of truth – reconcile. State the case simply and clearly but state the case.

Reconciliation is not always restoration. Reconciliation restores the option of restoration. It states the case for re-establishment of respect and cooperation.  It makes the case for restoration.

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. He has given us the ministry of reconciliation. That is our task in this world. Employ it today. Be the minister of God to your world – reconcile.

 

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