What comes to your mind when you hear the word reconciliation? Interestingly, the dictionary defines the term as “the restoration of friendly relations.” In other words, it’s a powerful act that finds its fulfillment when two people (or groups of people) who have a difference of opinion so great that it causes a breach in their relationship are once again brought to friendly terms. I don’t know about you, but I see a need for these kinds of interactions pretty much everywhere I look in the world today. With individuals so vehemently opposed to the views held by those “on the other side,” the gap seems to be widening every day, and sometimes it appears to be irreparable. However, as children of God, there is a more excellent way, and the Bible calls us to be repairers of the breach! What this means is that — as those saved by the blood of Jesus — we are equipped to be restorers and unifiers. The Holy Spirit empowers us to be so full of His life, love, and goodness that we bring healing and reconciliation everywhere we go, sometimes without even trying. Since we see people and situations through the eyes of Christ, our natural inclination as believers is to draw together rather than tear apart. By affirming in others their God-given dignity and speaking words of life over tough situations, we effect change that is much greater than what could ever be accomplished through a platform or pulpit.
My friend, you are a peacemaker and a repairer of the breach! No matter what or who you face, you come in the Name of the Lord, and you offer encouragement and hope. Because you anchor your soul in your Savior’s goodness and receive His mercies that are new every morning, your cup runs over, and His abundance spills naturally from within you to others. As you allow His Spirit to illuminate your countenance and anoint your words, you change every room you enter simply by being you. Since you’ve yielded your life to Jesus, His power and presence become you, and He multiples your impact by making great the small deeds consistently done in the strength of His love.