Today at church we talked about walking in love. I was struck by the response of the people during the peace where compliments were exchanged, friendships were renewed and broken hearts were mended. The best part of seeing that happen was that it wasn’t fake.
I find it hard to reconcile at times. That’s because I’m a fallen human who thinks at times that everyone should apologise to him. When I find myself thinking that, I’m wrong. There’s too much hatred in the world for us to be holding grudges and feeding the evil that is around and about us. I need to stop doing that.
Reconciliation is a wonderful thing. Once two people are reconciled, the relationship grows and becomes stronger. Wrongs are put to rights.
Of course, the best example of the wrong being put to right was the reconciliation that Christ brought through the cross. Our wrongdoings against God are blotted out and our relationship with Him is restored through that sacrificial, reconciling death of Christ, and his glorious resurrection.
Almighty God, You have committed to us the ministry of reconciliation of your son, Jesus Christ; give us the confidence in your power to forgive, as your son forgave us from the Cross. Enable us to be witnesses of your forgiveness at work and where we live. Unite us in a sacred fellowship to heal the hostilities we see, and give us the grace to love one another, rejoicing in this life together. Amen.
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Let this next week be a week of reconciliation and love for you and the others that you meet in your everyday life. I promise that I will try and make this next week one of reconciliation and love too.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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