Thursday, April 11:Restore It: Reconcile with Someone
Reconciling with family and friends is one of the most difficult things we do as Christians. It’s just as difficult for believers to reconcile with each other as it is for nonbelievers, and in some respects, it’s even more difficult. Why? Because we recognize that reconciling with people is one of our primary tasks as Jesus’ followers, so our awareness just makes it even more urgent that we accomplish this challenge.
What is reconciling? Simply stated, reconciling is the patching-up of a relationship that went wrong because of a harmcommitted by one or both parties. The Bible is full of reconciling language because the Bible describes intimate details of many such relationships, including the relationship between God and His people. When God sent Jesus to the cross, He was reconciling with us. However, God wasn’t overcominga wrong He committed. Rather, God overcame the many wrongs that we committed. Through the cross, God overlooked our many sins and offered us another chance through Eternal Life.
In the Gospels, Jesus spends much of his time helping people reconcile with God and each other. He did it by teaching people about the magnitude and magnificence of God’s love for each person, and in the process, Jesus also taught people how to love each other.
As Jesus’ followers, we have a responsibility to continue to teach His work by example, one of the greatest of which is reconciling with the people around us. Today, we can be a follower of Jesus and restore a relationship. Today, let’s reconcile with someone!
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” (Colossians 3:13, NLT).