RECONCILIATION: The process of RECONCILIATION reminds me of having to take ‘Milk-of-Magnesia’ …as a very young boy. I’d do almost ANYTHING to avoid it. We all have to contend with some sort of reconcilement, or fence-mending, from time-to-time. A BASIC definition would be: to offer forgiveness, and to seek forgiveness.
Rather… at the work place, the playground, classroom, family relationships, and at Church ….even spiritual reconciliation. There is both “good and bad” …in reconciling process. Some do it just for reasons of appeasement, pacification, or placating. Which… would be a bad reason to reconcile; because… we’d be doing it because ‘we have to’… not because we WANT to.
Why reconcile…anyway? Why bother? Just last week… the Congressional Left, and Right, had to reconcile, at least, in some manner… just to keep the Government running; even if they had to placate one-another to accomplish the bigger issue… for the ‘good of the nation.’
Individually… We’re having to reconcile in corporate issues, giving in to the opposing side, in order to keep the business running smoothly. We have to “eat-crow” sometimes… with CO-WORKERS, just so the wheels of commerce… keep moving. All done for reasons of “coming-together” for the GREATER GOOD.
Getting down to family matters… it takes on a different approach, and meaning. In true reconciliation… we have to be HONEST…and TRUTHFUL, or otherwise, it’s all a GAME, and games don’t last. We reconcile with family members, not so much to keep the family in the business of ‘being a family’… but because of…. our LOVE for one-another, is more important than who is right, or wrong.
LOVE is the “great-fence-mender.” It is putting ‘the other person FIRST.’ All issues MUST be resolved, if there is to be any sustainment in the relationship; and the smaller the family…. The bigger the PROBLEM. My guess, is that probably 90% of family disputes, can be worked out. The remaining…well…um…goes down the tube.
RECONCILING with God? Is that an ISSUE? Often… an ‘unresolved’ relationship with God… will affect all other relationships, be it…home, work, or play. If I’m hitting a NERVE, here, then ‘you know’ what I’m talking about. While the ‘affected party’ may not realize it… God plays a part in EVERY relationship (work, family, or play). Just because we might not realize it, does not mean… it isn’t so.
I’ll bet… if you have a weak spiritual relationship…all your other relationships are SOUR…. as well.
If we fix the ‘God-issue’ then… all other issues will find reconcilement, as well. Reconciling with GOD, should be the easiest one to handle. It all comes down to our….telling God, that we LOVE Him, that we’re SORRY, and that we’ll ‘try not’ to do it again.
It’s that EASY. Sure… you have to be SINCERE… If not, then we’re wasting His time, and OURS. And, this would be true in EVERY situation, except the Corporate, or Governmental reconciliation…as the ‘winner doesn’t care’ about sincerity… they just want to win. But…God CARES, our FAMILIES care, and our FRIENDS care. The greater-question is: Do we care?
We are told in Colossians 3:12-15 – So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
And further, in Ephesians 4:25-27 – Children of Light Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another. BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil a foot-hold.
…Blessings to all…as we seek RECONCILMENT, with God… and all of mankind. …cjlb …1/7/2018.