2Corinthians 5:18-19; 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.
When an offence takes place between two believers, whose responsibility is it to initiate reconciliation?
“Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24
Go humbly, asking forgiveness! Don’t try to offer excuses! The bottom line is that you hurt someone; intentionally or not, fix it. Be reconciled!
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Galatians 6:1
Go humbly and prayerfully! Don’t be accusatory, but explain the facts scripturally and be willing to give the benefit of the doubt. Remember the Golden Rule! Forgive! Be reconciled!
We see from these two passages, that God was very thorough in covering all the details:
- If you have offended/hurt someone, fix it.
- If you have been offended/hurt by someone, fix it.
So, who makes the first move?
The first person to whom the Holy Spirit reveals it.
As for us who are strong, our duty is to bear with the weaknesses of those who are not strong, and not seek our own pleasure. Let each of us endeavor to please his fellow Christian, aiming at a blessing calculated to build him up. Romans 15:1-2 WNT
Be strong! Be mature!
You’ve been given the ministry of reconciliation! Will you fulfill your ministry?
This ministry of reconciliation is not just to reconcile the world to God. It is reconciling us to one another.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9
Pastor Bob Haught