With the holidays coming up, I've been thinking about families just a little bit more. Not necessary mine, but families in general. With relationship comes more opportunity for fellowship. But more opportunity for fellowship also paves the way for more opportunities to disagree and leave situations in rough places.
What might it mean if we decided today to reconcile ourselves with everyone. I mean EVERYONE. That Friend who posted something rude or unflattering about you on social media. Or that Aunt who never keeps her promises to you, but continues to make them. What about the Father who left your family, leaving your mother to fend for herself with yourself and your siblings, causing a downward spiral that No One could have foreseen?
I didn't truly understand until I've come into new relationship with Jesus that when you are not reconciled to these people in your life, you are imprisoning yourself. There is freedom in Christ, but you will never gain that freedom if you are stifled by what you think is right, as opposed to what His word teaches us.
One word comes to mind.
noun: pride; plural noun: prides
a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
God's word tells us that when we are believers in Christ, we are no longer friends and lovers of this world.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him (1 John 2:15).
When we are worldly, and fall into the trap of thinking that we can handle ourselves without God being at the center of our situations, "self" becomes more prominent. We worry about what pleases us and what makes us happy. This isn't thinking toward the eternal, this is thinking about RIGHT NOW. If Jesus came to Earth, lived a sinless life, carried the heavy, heavy burden of our sin, died and was resurrected, all for the sake of reconciling our hearts to our Heavenly Father, then why is it so hard for us to brush aside someone making us feel unimportant, angry, or less than? Why is our petty anger justified and elevated to a higher level than the actions of Christ?
When you sit around your dinner table this holiday season, think about the gift of salvation you can never earn and how it came to existence. Then, think about your relational misgivings. When put in context, and while thinking from an eternal viewpoint, I'm sure they will no longer seem as important. Jesus is the way to our Heavenly Father. He is the way to reconcile our hearts to God. Let's let him.
Now let's look at the definition of RECONCILE..
verb: reconcile; 3rd person present: reconciles; past tense: reconciled; past participle: reconciled; gerund or present participle: reconciling
restore friendly relations between.