The process of RECONCILIATION reminds me of having to take”Milk-of-Magnesia” as a very young boy. You’d do almost ANYTHING to avoid it. Reconciling is a MUST for any number of reasons. We all have had to contend with some sort of reconcilement, or fence-mending, from time-to-time.
It happens at the work place, on the playground, classroom, family relationships, and at Church….even spiritual reconciliation. There is both “good and bad” in reconciling. Some might do it just for reasons of appeasement, pacification, or placating. Any, of which, would be a bad reason to reconcile; because obviously, you’re doing it because “you have to,” not because you WANT to.
Why do we reconcile…anyway? Why bother? Well, just today, the Congressional Left, and Right, had to reconcile, at least, in some manner… just to keep the DHS running; even if they had to placate one-another to accomplish the bigger issue.
We find ourselves 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 industry keep moving. All of this is done for reasons of “coming-together” for the GREATER GOOD.
When you get down to family matters, it takes on a whole different approach, and meaning. In true reconciliation, we have to “say what we mean, and mean what we say.” We have to be HONEST…and TRUTHFUL, or otherwise, it’s all a GAME, and games don’t last. But, relationships can. We reconcile with family members, not so much to keep the family in the business of “being a family,” but because our LOVE for one-another, is more than who is right, or wrong, on a particular issue, or conflict.
LOVE is the “great-fence-mender.” 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.
So, then, how about RECONCILING with God? Is that, or can that, be an ISSUE? Well, for sure, it can. In fact, too often, an “un-resolved” relationship with God, can, and 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, or people” may not realize it… God plays a part in EVERY relationship (work, family, or play). And, just because you might not realize it, does not mean that “that is the real issue.” I’ll bet… if you have a weak spiritual relationship…all of your other relationships are also SOUR.
If you “fix the God-issue,” then, the other issues will find reconcilement, as well. Reconciling with GOD, should be the easiest one to handle. Depending on your religion, your culture, or your traditional religious up-bringing, you might reconcile in different manners, but they “all” come down to the same thing….telling God, that you LOVE Him, that you’re SORRY, and that you will “try” not to do it again.
It’s that EASY. Oh yeah, you have to be SINCERE, because if not, then you’re wasting His time, and YOURS. And, this would be true in EVERY situation, except the Corporate, or Governmental reconciliation…as the “winner doesn’t care” if you’re sincere, they just want to win. God CARES, our FAMILIES care, and our FRIENDS care. The “greater-question” is: Do we care…you and me?
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 LightTherefore, 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…cjlb…3/8/15.