Sunday, May 29, 2016

1.  Do you know the difference between Forgiveness and Reconciliation?

  • Forgiveness – letting go of feelings of vengeance and hatred for being wronged.
  • Reconciliation – restoring harmony to a relationship

2.  Does forgiveness mean I have to reconcile?

  • One person can forgive. It takes two people to restore or reconcile a relationship.
  • Repentance or evidence of genuine change is necessary for reconciliation.

If forgiveness means “going back” to the offender as if nothing happened, it will end up as a cheap imitation of reconciliation. A restored relationship will display genuine harmony.

Unfortunately, some relationships will never be reconciled, but we have a responsibility to forgive.

“See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.”        

  I Thessalonians 5:15 KJV