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Old 11-08-2017, 11:37 AM   #1
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Your Ministry of Reconciliation By Rick Warren

ď[God] has restored our relationship with him through Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships. In other words, God was using Christ to restore his relationship with humanity. He didnít hold peopleís faults against them, and he has given us this message of restored relationships to tell others.Ē (2 Corinthians 5:18-19 GW)

When you want to repair a relationship where there is conflict, you have to focus on reconciliation, not resolution.

Thereís a big difference! Reconciliation means reestablishing the relationship. It doesnít mean youíll remarry your ex; it just means youíre at peace with each other.

Resolution means you resolve every disagreement, and that just isnít going to happen. Because the truth is, there are some things in your marriage, your friendships, and your work relationships that youíre just never going to agree on, because weíre all different. But you can disagree without being disagreeable. Thatís called maturity. Thatís called wisdom. Thatís called being like Christ.

We can have unity without uniformity. We can walk hand in hand together without seeing eye to eye. My wife Kay and I have been married 40 years, and we donít see eye to eye on a lot of things. But we walk hand in hand and support each other. We are at peace.

Hereís what Iíve learned from counseling marriages: If you focus on restoring your relationship, oftentimes the issue becomes insignificant. How many of your biggest arguments were over the smallest things? They werenít really about that. You need to get back to focusing on the relationship.

Thereís a lot of conflict in the world. Itís filled with wars, division, arguments, prejudice and racism, terrorism, and partisanism. And as a result we have broken relationships. We have a broken economy. We have a broken government. We have broken marriages. And we have broken lives and broken hearts.

I challenge you as a believer to commit to becoming an agent of reconciliation in a world filled with conflict. Become a bridge builder, not a wall builder. Look for ways to bring people together rather than tear them up.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, ď[God] has restored our relationship with him through Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships. In other words, God was using Christ to restore his relationship with humanity. He didnít hold peopleís faults against them, and he has given us this message of restored relationships to tell othersĒ (GW).

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you have a ministry of reconciliation. Itís your job to go out in society and say, ďGodís done everything to put you back in fellowship with him. Heís already paid for all your sins. You donít have to be his enemy. Heís not mad at you; heís mad about you. Be reconciled to God. Be at peace with God. Then spread that peace with everybody else.Ē

Talk It Over

What is a point of contention in your marriage or a friendship that you have not been able to resolve?
What steps do you need to take to focus more on that relationship and reconciliation instead of resolving the issue?
How can you work to become an agent of reconciliation right where you are in your family, work, and community?
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