Keys to Reconciliation: Suffering
When we find ourselves in conflict with another... a teenager, spouse, coworker, or even a stranger, we might argue by hammering on our points-- our beliefs. We restate them in different ways and get louder and louder as the exchange heats up. But wait! There may be a way to break that pattern and begin to reconcile our differences. As we learn in the message today, one of the keys to reconciliation is the willingness to bear another's burden; to suffer their concern. This is the work Christians are called to do, acting as ambassadors representing the church.
The work of reconciliation is something many people dread. ...at least when it comes to finances! Reconciliation is one of those words we don't use very often. Most often, we use it in reference to our finances or our faith. We reconcile a checkbook and we are called to be reconciled to God through Jesus.
While we may put off reconciling finances, we cannot avoid the work of reconciliation that God has given to the Church. In fact, God's Word says that this is the very reason the church exists. We have been given the work of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:11-21)
There are some keys to reconciling your checkbook. A good lesson will go a long way. Likewise, there are a few keys that will help us be reconciled both to God and people. Throughout most of October, we will be discovering these keys to reconciliation from God's Word. We hope you'll join us!