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Reconciliation

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”Philippians 4:8 MSG

Thoughts for Today
We cannot become all that God has designed us to be if we harbor resentment and bitterness. It is vital that we make the choice to forgive and even to reconcile with the person who has hurt us. Forgiveness requires our facing the truth. The truth of Christ’s forgiveness. The truth of our own unforgiveness. The truth that if we are ever to be free, we must receive Christ’s forgiveness and forgive those who have hurt us.

In taking steps to reconciliation, begin with your thoughts. Ask God to help you think about the person’s needs, rather than the faults. Then begin to speak well of him or her, drawing attention to strengths, rather than offenses. Next take action—begin to seek reconciliation.

Consider this …
You might be in a difficult situation in which the other party is not willing to reconcile. If this is the case, make sure you have forgiven in your own heart. Then keep yourself ready to pursue complete reconciliation if and when the other person is ready.

Wait on God’s timing for the individual to join in total reconciliation. It may not be safe to be physically reconciled with some people. Don’t try to force—let God work it out in his way and time. Above all, remember that Jesus loves you, and he will give you the strength and courage you need.

Prayer
Father, in all my relationships, help me dwell on things to praise, not things to curse. And especially help me to do this when I think or speak about this one who has offended me. May I walk in forgiveness and be open to reconciliation in your way and your time. In Jesus’ name …

(by livingfree.org)