Monday, February 25, 2008

Five ways to reweave interpersonal fabric that has been divided or ripped apart

A RESTORING PRESENCE. To “reconcile” means “to bring together,” "to resolve, settle," "to restore to friendship or harmony." The Apostle Paul described the Christian mission primarily in terms of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2). Here are 5 ways to be a reconciler:

BREAK BARRIERS -- Fear, suspicion, doubt, bigotry, ignorance, arrogance--these are to be challenged and broken with the love of Jesus expressed through us.

BRIDGE GAPS -- Insulation, seclusion, exclusion, division, suspicion, resentment--these are to be spanned by the positive presence of outreaching care.

CROSS BORDERS -- Put yourself in the situations where you can grow in grace: cross cultures by intention again and again. Be enriched by those whom you consider poor. Love the city though you may prefer the country. Learn as you teach. Receive as you serve.

WELCOME STRANGERS -- Make room for those whom the dominant culture discards, looks down on, suspects, or dismisses. “Let every guest be received as Christ.” “Strangers expected” is the watchword.

STAND IN THE GAP -- Many situations and people resist reconciliation for a long time. You may be called to literally live in the tension between conflicts and estranged people. But that is the way Jesus lived. As his ambassador, dare to stand in the gap with the grace, love, and power God gives.

1 comment:

  1. Very well said! I thank God for your spirit-directed witness on reconciliation, especially the harder call to stand in the gap (Ezekial 22:30)It is in the witness through the offer of relationship that we became reconciled to God ourselves and God has called us all to this as our primary mission as Ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor. 5:20) Your post covers what I wrote about in an essay from my Blog ForthWrite: "I Looked For Man Among Them to Stand..." (1/18/2008) May I track back to your post and add it to my essay as a link? While I explore the apologetic, your entry explores the pratical steps further.
    ( ) God bless you for your forthright and loving witness. YSIC, Melly Reed


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