“When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew [10:19]
If the Father and the Son model reconciliation for us, then the Spirit is the One who empowers us to do the difficult task.
In the book of Philemon, the Holy Spirit empowered Philemon and Onesimus to reunite and, many assume, reconcile. In fact, the Holy Spirit empowered many 1st and 2nd Century masters and slaves to treat one another as brothers. He empowered a 19th century female slave who couldn’t read to be one of the most powerful advocates for abolition and women’s rights. He empowered a Dutch pacifist to save the life of the jailkeeper who would ultimately recapture him. He empowered my grandpa to defend an abused enemy prisoner and stand up to his fellow soldiers.
Since the birth of the Church, the Holy Spirit has been in the practice of empowering Christians to mend broken relationships. The Spirit is still empowering reconciliation between people today!
Reconciliation is not easy. It fact, it’s usually very difficult, because it requires us to swallow our pride and prioritize another’s needs. But a relationship with the Holy Spirit makes it possible. He can empower you to bring justice and reconciliation to others in your life!
Holy Spirit, thank you for drawing my heart to Jesus. May you empower me to love and serve my enemies, just as Jesus loves and serves me. Amen.