Reconciled

 

purcells dec. IMG_5916*Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled* -Charles Wesley

There is a difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. A relationship can only be restored when there is honesty on both parts. We can offer forgiveness to people who have harmed us, but if they do not acknowledge a need to be forgiven, the relationship is not healed. The same goes for the forgiveness God offers us. If we do not admit our need for forgiveness and insist on a no-fault clause in our settlement, there is no actual  reconciliation. Our hearts will remain unchanged. Peace is the result of an honest response to God’s mercy.

Wash me and I will be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7b)

7 thoughts on “Reconciled

    1. Thank you. Reconciliation is a powerful word. I don’t think I fully comprehend everything included in the package.
      I was a bit lazy with the photo. I didn’t feel like going out with the roads the way they were so I took this from the back deck of our house using a telephoto lens. Those hills received 100 cm. of snow in a day or two this week. I think it was a record. Yes, it is cold and crisp out there today.

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