Point to Ponder: Relationships are always worth restoring.
Verse to Remember: “Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody.” — Romans 12:18 (TEV)
Question to Consider: Who do I need to restore a broken relationship with today?
I deeply appreciate his robust approach to reconciliation, and desperately hope more Christians learn to practice this (arguably) most difficult of disciplines. To me, this is the ultimate test of how well we really understand the cross of Christ, and what it means for us to be forgiven by God. There’s nothing anyone can do to me which is even close to how badly I’ve treated God, and if Christ can forgive me on the cross — even before I repented, or even knew of him — what right have to avoid forgiving my brother?
That, I suspect, is why peacemakers are called the Sons of God: it is both as noble — and as difficult — as the cross.
Prayer: God, you know the frailty of my flesh, and my damnable pride that gets in the way of authentic, humble confrontation and reconciliation. Lord, in your mercy, save me from myself — that I may show mercy to others, and save them from themselves. That we all might live — together — the blessed life you’ve called us to. I ask this in Jesus name, and by the power of His cross, Amen.