Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The beauty of reconciliation

David spent much of his life in conflict with other men - not least, fellow Israelites like King Saul and his son Absalom. That gave him a special pleasure in brotherly unity to which he gives voice in Psalm 133
"Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity! It is like precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded blessing, life forevermore."
Many of us as believers in Christ know the painful tension of division with another brother or sister in Christ. The path to the joyful blessing David mentions in Psalm 133 is usually through a proactive process of humble listening and confession in the pursuit of godly reconciliation. One of my living heroes, CJ Mahaney, recently took that costly step with an old friend and partner in ministry, Larry Tomczak, from whom he'd been estranged for years. Larry talks about the healing and joyful power which CJ's recent pursuit of reconciliation is having in his and his family's life in a letter you can read here.
Let's not just thank God for CJ's courage and humility in reconciliation. Perhaps there's a brother or sister in Christ needing you to take that step of faith today. Blessing will meet you there.

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