Forgiveness & Reconciliation – Part 2

Forgiveness & Reconciliation – Part 2

Forgiveness & Reconciliation – Part 2

Selected passages

Definition of Reconciliation:  To cause two or more people or groups to become friendly again after an argument or disagreement.

The Bible has much to say about RECONCILIATION!

Romans 5:1-11                Christ reconciles us to God!

2 Corinthians 5:18-19      We have the ministry of reconciliation!

Matthew 5:21-24             First be reconciled to your brother!

Forgiveness and Reconciliation:  Not the same!

Our Christian Responsibility

The evidence of genuine forgiveness is personal freedom from a vindictive or vengeful attitude, but an automatic restoration of relationship does not always occur.

Romans 12:17-21

1 Peter 3:8-17

Our Christian Obilgation

Differing from forgiveness, reconciliation is often conditioned on the attitude and actions of both parties.  While its aim is restoration of a broken relationship, that doesn’t always happen.

Matthew 18:1-18 (15-18)

Paul confronting the Corinthian Church about communion!

1 Corinthians 11:17-18 and 25-32

Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!