God has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and He has given us the ministry of reconciliation. We proclaim and declare the gospel of peace in all situations. This is challenged when our differences are such that our peace is troubled. When we are confronted with disagreements that turn into arguments, our character is tested. Will we react the way Jesus would? Will His light still shine through? How do we walk the talk when what is talked about stirs up strife?
The only way to maintain peace is for Jesus to be placed in the forefront, at all times. When we focus on the Lord first, we are able to focus on the person instead of the problem. When we are in disagreement with someone regarding an issue, the person has to remain more important to us than what is discussed. We can attack the problem, go through the pros and cons, and analyze a subject without attacking the person. The person matters more than the issue at hand.
In Christ, we can agree to disagree through the love we have for one another. We can lay aside our differences when we care about pursuing peace more than we care about being right. Even though it’s difficult to separate the person from the problem at times, it’s necessary in order to pursue reconciliation. We need to be convinced of what we believe; we cannot convince others. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal and teach truth. As we walk in the love of God and demonstrate His reality, He is able to do much more than we can. Let us pursue peace, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 5:18 “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation …”
We should have an attitude of resolve when we confront one another regarding offenses, disagreements or misunderstandings. We are to speak the truth in love and seek reconciliation in every situation. In confronting one another, we aim for resolution foremost and always.
We engage in communication, seeking reconciliation and restoration. We do not discuss things with the goal of proving who is right and who is wrong, debating and reliving the offense, but we desire and pursue the peace that comes with a resolution. When our pursuit is for resolution, there will be instances when the other party is not at a place where they want the same outcome. In that case we are released because we have forgiven and we must let the others go regardless of their responses. We can trust the Lord will minister reconciliation and bring a resolution in His own timing. We are not responsible for how someone else responds to a situation, but we can handle our part in a Christ-like manner.
When a matter is resolved, it has been handled correctly and can no longer negatively affect our future. As a child of God, the results of every conflict are beneficial. We learn valuable lessons and grow in grace and love. When we seek reconciliation and restoration, we walk in peace and rest in the ability of the Lord, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”