The Power of Forgiveness and Reconciliation by Rev Olusola Areogun
Spirit Meat Daily Devotional
Thursday 29th April, 2021
THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION (1)
– Ephesians 2:4-7, John 3:16
It is important to note that forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation, even though forgiveness makes reconciliation possible. Reconciliation is the ultimate goal of internal hurts and bitterness. Our part in forgiveness is to decide to forgive the offender and to let go of the man that has hurt us.
You may come across a situation whereby you had forgiven someone that offended you but when you came across the person again after many years, the old feelings of pain and resentment came rushing back. You must know that forgiveness is not overlooking or ignoring the wrongdoing of the offender.
True forgiveness is based on justice which may lead to true reconciliation. Where the issue of justice is not properly addressed, there can never be true reconciliation. This is why Jesus had to die on the cross, to satisfy the claims of God’s justice against man and so that God can truly forgive man based on His mercy and then bring perfect reconciliation. Man was not in the position or condition to satisfy the claims of justice against him. God had to send His own son.
The reason we preach the gospel is to effect the reconciliation, to tell man that God has forgiven him, and he can now come to Him. This means you can truly forgive a person and be reconciled with him, not because of you, but because of Him. In such cases, what can you do? Walk in love, refuse condemnation, clarify the issues at stake and refuse to be defeated by the devil. You can love with the love of God without “goody-goody feelings.” That is how God feels to every human being in the world. He loves them.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to walk in love and genuine forgiveness in Jesus’ name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Judges 9:22-10:18, Luke 24:13-53, Psalm 100:1-5, Proverbs 14:11-12