Reconciliation - Lana Ellis

My Question for God:  Why is reconciliation so important?  
Suppose you are offering your gift at the altar. And you remember that your brother or sister has something against you. Leave your gift in front of the altar. First go and make peace with them. Then come back and offer your gift.”  - Matthew 5:23-24 (NIVR)
Be tolerant of one another and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, you also should forgive.” Colossians 3:13 (SIV)
Reconciliation is at the heart of the story of God and humankind.  Since sin entered the world, God has been pushing each of us in order to reconcile his relationship with us.  He sent his son, Jesus, to suffer the agony of the cross so that sinful people could be forgiven and reconcile with a holy God.  Jesus says our reconciliation with God is to produce reconciliation with others.
Several years ago, Mike and I were blessed with two grandchildren.  How thankful we were and so excited to be grandparents. However, our daughter-in-law and son had some issues with us as grandparents and their rules and our rules were very different.  I have to admit we were very excited and did go overboard several times.  We would try to follow the rules, but it just seemed hopeless and we would end up not getting along.  Our communication wasn’t the greatest!
I felt like Satan was winning, but I decided Satan was not coming into my home!  With lots of prayer and faith, God has once again proven to be a wondrous God!  The song, “You’re an Awesome God” comes to mind.  Our faith was tested not for the first time, but many times.
We prayed to forgive and we prayed our children would forgive us. Yes, forgiving is hard.  It might be the hardest thing you ever do, but your heart will fill with love.  Jesus loves us unconditionally and died for us on the cross so we may live.  What an awesome God we share. I feel so blessed taking communion each week that Jesus died for me, for you, for us!
It’s important to reconcile with our family, our friends, or whoever it may be.  It demonstrates a humble and forgiving spirit, which is essential to healthy relationships.  I’m thankful God blessed me with a forgiving heart and a blessed family.

Our Holy Father in Heaven, we thank you, Father, for dying for us, for forgiving our sins.  We thank you, Father, for the many blessings you pour out upon us.  We ask that you help us to learn to forgive more often so that we may be the hands and feet of Jesus in our world today. Amen.

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