A BRIGHT NOT TOO FAR (RECONCILIATION) (1)     John 17:20-26

I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me. (v23)

Many Christians will go through today knowing there is an unresolved issue with a fellow Christian, and yet they fail to deal with it. There are many issue Christians are reluctant to deal with. Lets consider three of them (1) Estrangement in relationship. Is there anyone with whom you are out of fellowship because of some past disagreement? Then take the initiative and seek to be reconciled (Read Matthew 5:21-26, 18:15-17) Then take the initiative and seek to be reconciled. The other person may not want to be reconciled, but that is not your responsibility. You make the first move. The carpenter of Nazareth will help you build a bridge across the divide between you and those with whom you are estranged. (2)Unwillingness to accept that we are not just victims but agents, (Revelation 2:1-7) Many reading these lines will have been victims of deep hurt and damaging maliciousness during their developmental years. Sadly, you can’t change your past, but you can change what you do about it now. You are not just a victim, you are also an agent. Don’t live in the past. Lift up your head and realize you have new identity. Leave your baggage behind instead of carrying it around with you day after day. (3) Need to repent of any sins or lapses. Those who belonged to the church in Ephesus lost their first love, but Jesus, their Counsellor, told them that they first needed to repent. My spiritual dislocation needs to be dealt with by repentance. So must you.

PRAYER LINE: My Father and my God, as I go through life hand in hand with You, give me, I pray, an increasing sense of my new identity. May the image of Your Son continue to take shape within me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen (EDWJ)

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God is always available to hear the prayers of His children.

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