The Power of Forgiveness and Reconciliation by Rev Olusola Areogun
Spirit Meat Daily Devotional
Friday 30th April, 2021
THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION (2)
– Matthew 18:15-17
As a child of God, you must accept the fact that no matter what someone has done, you can forgive the person. To say you cannot forgive someone is not correct. To try to get on with an unrepentant person can hurt you more if you don’t know how to biblically forgive.
Forgiveness is an act of your will. You have control over your will and your will has control over your feelings. You can exercise your will to forgive someone just as you exercised your will to accept Jesus as Lord. When you find it difficult in exercising your will to forgive a person, look at the exchange that took place on the cross for God to forgive us and do the same. Unless you do this, the door for reconciliation will not open.
True biblical forgiveness is the open door to true reconciliation. A lot of relationships that were disturbed in the past don’t go back to their original strength because all the issues involved in true forgiveness were not dealt with, so there is no total reconciliation.
Don’t assume responsibility for reconciliation. You are only responsible for forgiveness. No one can make heaven with unforgiveness, but you are not responsible for the feelings of someone else towards you.
There are three major ways by which Christians deal with forgiveness and reconciliation -: withdrawal, tolerance/pretence and confrontation.
Withdrawal will not bring any healing, tolerance/pretence will only bring false healing. True healing comes through confrontation. When Christians avoid confrontation, we delay our healing and freedom. When we confront our hurts, we open the door to our liberty from the hurts.
ACTION: Take the step today to practice biblical forgiveness on any matter that has brought wounds to your heart and enjoy total freedom.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Judges 11:1-12:15, John 1:1-28, Psalm 101:1-8, Proverbs 14:13-14