Posted on Sun, Sep 1, 2013
Overcoming Reluctant Reconciliation
Overcoming Reluctant Reconciliation (September)
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” Hebrews 12:14-15
Several years ago, the famed singing group called the Stylistics recoded the 1973 hit, “Break up to make up…that’s all we do.” In more recent times, the rage and brutality of mass shootings, domestic violence, and crimes against humanity seem so extreme one has to wonder if we are in a modern medieval era. The increase of senseless violence seems so distant from the petty differences of old and has left many pondering why any “normal” human being would commit such atrocities. The truth is, from the times of Cain till now, man has taken the place of wrath rather than the place of peace. The price we pay for property, wealth and power seems un-proportional to the pain and suffering left in their wakes. BUT…there is hope…a New Hope in the power of the Holy Spirit and the liberty willed to us in the Testament of the Gospel. The pursuit of peace and reconciliation is very possible, practical, and necessary as we journey from breakthrough to the blessing. Simply put reconciliation is two people, places, entities, or things reconnecting after a time of separation. John 3:16-17 is one of the hallmark of reconciliation scriptures:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17
God’s most perfect provision of His Son made a way of reconciliation for each of us. This is the example our Father desires us to emulate. When others have broken our trust, disappointed us, hurt, and even attempted to destroy us; we are compelled to provide some safe avenue of reconciliation. Because we are in an imperfect world, no reconciliation can be perfect or complete; however, the reconciliation that God the Father offers is not of this world and is absolutely complete. So when we sense the carnal nature of reluctant reconciliation, just remember that we are NOT of this world; and therefore we have all that we need, in the power and might of the Holy Spirit, to overcome the reluctance of reconciliation.
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