With Thanksgiving & Christmas right around the corner, this is a topic that is close to my heart. I enjoy speaking and writing about this topic because I have been given the opportunity to reconcile with friends and family, in a way that I could only give God the glory.
Have you tasted Reconciliation?
Have you reconciled with your son/daughter? With your spouse? With your parents? God? Have you reconciled with a previous supervisor, or with an old friend? Have you healed, forgiven and been able to reconcile?
If you have, you know how sweet a feeling it is.
Reconciliation is a gift that is earned but also given. Reconciliation takes two. I think that is why, reconciliation is one of the sweetest feelings. Reconciliation is team work, it is mutual effort.
Surely it is not easy, but it is entirely worth it.
I can think of many many stories of reconciliation I have heard of, related to, and participated in. I am sure you have too. I can also think of many stories that are still in the process.I am sure you can too.
One of my personal reconciliation stories includes one of the most important persons in my life. Not easy. I know there were many years that went by with bitterness & resentment in both of our hearts. There were many ugly feelings, and I knew they were not right- yet I felt helpless. It seemed to me as I could not change my feelings even if I tried. After what felt like a long while we were able (all the glory to God) to work towards forgiveness, and reconciliation followed soon thereafter. What a sweet feeling. It is so peaceful. Of course our relationship is not perfect but we have learned to nurture a caring relationship.
I am sure you know of the greatest story of reconciliation ever written…right?
- It was a perfect relationship. Adam & Eve walked with God. Eden was a perfect place.
- The relationship was broken. We gave into a lie, doubted God and followed after human desires and pride. There was guilt, shame, and consequences.
- Still Stubborn. God continued to care for His people. He sent prophets, sent the law, made promises, and performed miracles. Yet we continued to walk the other way.
- God made a way to reconcile us back to him. Jesus came to the world, became one of us, and embodied the Kingdom for us to see. Defeated Sin. We are freed from sin, and are given purpose. He calls us to be his disciples.
- But, will you follow? Jesus is calling. Have you answered? Jesus invites us to follow Him. Just as he called Matthew, Peter, Andrew…etc. He is also calling you.
But you know this already: it is not easy.
Here is where the story changes for each of us. Some follow Jesus, and others haven’t. Reconciliation is offered to all, but not responded by all.
Following Jesus takes action. We are to follow him in all his ways. We are NOT EXPECTED to be perfect at it. In fact, it is a given no one will be perfect at it. Hence, grace & forgiveness- sweet gifts. God already knows we will fail often, but what counts is that we continue to willingly choose and surrender to Him. That we are continuously being molded by Him.
The same is true for us in our broken earthly relationships. We will not be perfect at it. It is work, it is a challenge, but it is a given that you must extend and receive grace & forgiveness in order to get there. We all naturally make mistakes, we will have moments where it seems near impossible. What counts is to not give up, as Jesus did not give up on you.
I didn’t think I would find reconciliation with many of my broken relationships, including God. But when I did, let me tell you it is no doubt one of the greatest gifts and experiences I have ever had.
That sweet feeling reconciliation brings is worth all your effort.