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No doubt there have been times in your life where you traveled this difficult---sometimes embarrassing, sometimes painful, sometimes humbling---road.  Whatever the case, I think you’ll recall that it was worth the effort on your part and beneficial to the other person concerned as well.  And maybe, as you consider this topic… there just might be another matter to take care of.

Think of what it means to reconcile:

To Bring together… something that was apart, brought together again, ending the separation of the two.

To Settle… something that was in dispute, no longer holding to two opinions.  

To Patch up… something that was worn down or broken, made whole again, stronger than the original.

To Resolve… something is decided, no longer will the issue be unsettled because of hard feelings or conflict or indecision. 

To Reunite… what was lost is found and is whole and complete once again.

Do you have a problem you think cannot be resolved?  Have you got questions to which you think there are no answers?  Is there a fractured relationship in your life you believe is beyond reconciliation?  Well, I tell you what… these are the very things the LORD specializes in.   Sisters in the LORD are to help one another solve their problems, bear another’s burdens, and shoulder the heavy load.  

2Corinthians 5.18 says, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”

Interestingly enough, the very things we think cannot be resolved are generally things we won’t let go of.  Some things that have been most difficult in my life to resolve were things I had actually resolved *not* to do!    I held grudges.  I held bitterness in my heart.  I resolved that I would not forgive… and then the LORD prompted my heart… you could say that I was pricked in my heart by the LORD and I had to repent.  I was at fault---I had to yield.  I had to be broken in order to reconcile.

Maybe you would just join me in getting on your knees before the LORD and seek His Face… ask Him with whom, or to whom, and how should you reconcile---maybe it’s the LORD Himself.   Maybe you’re fighting against the LORD.  You know why I say this?  Well, because there was once this stubborn, headstrong girl who thought she knew everything.  Her life was her own and yet was filled with disappointment, foolish choices and grief.  She had no idea how to make sense of the trials she was facing… she didn't know that she was an enemy of God.  And then one day… one day: she met the Savior.  Here she found rest and contentment and peace she had never known.  That deep longing in her heart was satisfied.  You know why?  She was reconciled to God, that’s why!  She was apart from Him because of sin… sin separated her from the God who created her, who had a plan for her life, who lived and died and rose again that she might have eternal life… but you know what?  She had to lay down her life.  She had to yield, to give it up and had to accept this gift---this free gift of salvation. 

 She had to be reconciled.

 She could no longer halt between two opinions.  You see, I know this girl.  I’ve known her for a long, long time and had she not said yes… had she not taken that step of reconciliation, it almost sickens me to imagine where she’d be today.  She’d be lost in her sin.  She’d be wavering between chasing dreams and attempting to cover her disappointment and bitterness.  I don’t really know…but one thing I do know is this: because she did take that step, she is reconciled to God.  She is redeemed, released from the prison of her sin and sadness, the bondage of her cynical embittered existence… restored to God and day by day is being transformed and conformed to the image of Christ.

Romans 5:10 says, "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life."

 You can choose this reconciliation today.  He stands at the door of your heart today.  Revelation 3.20 says,  “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

 This is reconciliation. Pure and complete reconciliation.    

many blessings,
      `·.¸.·´pamela spurling

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