Yesterday, I began talking about unity and reconciliation. Often times, I don’t pay attention to the “unedited five minute” rule of FMF. Funny, isn’t it? I really just like to utilize the writing prompt. So, let’s resume where we left off last night…
We are talking reconciliation. This is a huge topic in the church! Isn’t it? We claim the power of God, but wrestle with allowing God’s power the room to completely transform our relationships.
But, we are reminded that God is the God of reconciliation.
Reconciliation is Possible!
In 2 Corinthians, we are reminded that… if we are united with Christ, we are made new!
“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (5:17-21).”
Do you see the way that God has uniquely designed us? We were made to be reconciled. There has always been this intent of unity on our lives. And, it is when we come to Jesus that we find this unity. Unity is made possible through the blood and resurrection of Jesus Christ – our Lord and Savior! How are you allowing Jesus to be the Lord over your broken relationships?
Jesus came to give us peace and life. Yet, I am finding myself in the midst of disunity. Maybe, you are the same. Let’s go to the Living Water (Jesus) today – and see what He can show us!
Reconciliation: The Worship Act
In the book of Matthew, we are reminded that unity is a worship act. Jesus tells us straight up –
“Therefore, if you are bringing an offering to God and you remember that your brother is angry at you or holds a grudge against you, then leave your gift before the altar, go to your brother, repent and forgive one another, be reconciled, and then return to the altar to offer your gift to God (5:23-24, VOICE).“
We are even reminded that if we have an issue with another brother (or sister), we need to go work toward reconciliation and then come back with our offering. Reconciliation is life giving, but it is not always a quick as we might think. Sometimes, reconciliation takes time. Some relationships take a few days to be restored, while others might take years.
Just remember: While God is working on your heart, He is working on theirs. The outcome doesn’t change the truth that reconciliation (unity) is a worship experience God is glad you are having with Him. You are giving your relationships to God, and trusting Him to mend them. That is going to leave a beautiful impact on your life.
Just watch and see!
The Lord is good, and does good.
Some Tips on Reconciliation –
- While some relationships may seem broken, keep praying and trusting God.
- Keep extending grace and peace to that individual who is acting unforgiving toward you (Matthew 5:7; James 2:13; Romans 12:18).
- This one might be the hardest to live out without holding a grudge against them. Simply give them time. Remember He is working on their hearts, just as He is working on yours.
- Keep practicing unity, even when it seems difficult.
- While you pray for them, ask a select few to confidentially pray for this relationship too. You can even use non-specifics, to protect the details of that relationship.
- Watch God work in your own life, as you pursue peace and unity. He will open doors. Just watch and see. You won’t want to miss all God is doing.
God is serious when He writes us, through His Word, about unity.
God doesn’t want there to be disunity.
God wants what He has divinely joined together, to stay together. This is not for marriages alone.
Those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ, are made brand new.
We have been joined to Christ and one another.
How can we choose to walk in unity with Christ and His Church?