“…he took a present for his brother Esau, two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, thirty milking camels and their calves, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.” Genesis [32:13]-15
“Pastor, I can’t forgive THEM. You have no idea what they did!”
It’s important to remember that reconciliation often comes because someone caused pain in another person’s life.
Yet believers have something special! We have the gift of reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ. It is because of this gift that we have a calling to do the same with the difficult relationships around us. This is true even when someone hurt you more than you knew possible. Almost always that reconciliation will come at a cost.
Isaac’s sons are a perfect example. Jacob and Esau were twins. As Isaac was close to death, Jacob, the younger brother, took what rightly belonged to Esau—the special blessing of their father, Isaac. As the years continued, Jacob knew that he had wronged his brother. He knew he had to make it right. He knew that reconciliation would have to be intentional and would come at a cost. (This story is detailed in Genesis 32 and 33.)
Reconciliation comes with a cost. Yet it’s a cost that is so important, Jesus encourages us to take that step (Matthew [5:23]-24) before we bring our gifts to the altar. When was the last time you asked the Lord to reveal to you those with whom you need you to take the first step of reconciliation? Today is the perfect day to ask God in prayer. It could be the beginning of a powerful journey of peace making.
Father, I confess that my pride often gets in the way of reconciliation in my life. Please give me the humility to take the necessary steps to bring reconciliation in the relationships in my life. Amen.