The Superiority of Reconciliation
“Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”
Matthew 5:24
Are you in a state of conflict or disharmony with a brother or sister?
Are you keeping grudges or malice with someone? If yes, then you just have to embrace reconciliation. In the passage under review, we are instructed to go and be reconciled to anyone we have issues with before coming to give God our offerings.
Until we settle our differences with our brothers and sisters, we are not qualified to offer acceptable gifts to God. Do you know that many believers have been wasting their offerings every Sunday, just because they failed to seek reconciliation?
Our God is the Author of reconciliation and He has given us the ministry of reconciliation. As such, we must embrace reconciliation. The Bible says, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
3 ways to promote reconciliation:
1. Love
“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.”
Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.
Reconciliation is possible on the basis of love. I do believe that God was able to reconcile the world to Himself by Jesus Christ due to love.
In order to promote reconciliation, we must try to clothe ourselves with love! As it is the force love that binds us all together in perfect harmony
If you find it difficult to initiate reconciliation, try by all means to call on the Holy Spirit to help you.
2. Forgiveness
“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Colossians 3:13
Reconciliation is possible on the platform of forgiveness! As children of God, we must make allowance for other people’s faults, and to also forgive those who offend us. Remember, the Lord forgave us, so we must forgive others. Joseph made a choice to forgive his brothers and to deal with them in love.
3. Third party
“But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.”
Matthew 18:16
Third party can promote reconciliation. For instance, if your private attempt at reconciliation is not yielding favourable results, you can decide to involve two or more people to intervene. The Bible recommends that you can take one or two individuals with you and go back again to the person involved, so that everything you say may be confirmed by the witnesses.
I decree and declare that you will become a promoter of reconciliation in your world in Jesus mighty name!
Yours sincerely,
Joe Jesimiel Ogbe