Oct. 24, 2017

Reconciliation

You know the saying, “If someone will gossip with you, they will gossip about you?” I’m learning the saying is true.

Gossip tends to go full circle. We can say something to someone we think is trustworthy, but if the gossip is “juicy” that someone must tell someone else. It’s part of human nature. We want others to know what we know and vice versa.

Gossip stings but that doesn’t make it true. Usually, in any disagreement, there is truth on both sides and there is embellishment on both sides. In all relationships, reconciliation is necessary. For Christians, reconciliation is expected. It was good enough for God to reconcile Himself to us through Christ, so it’s good enough for me.

I believe Christians set the stage for the watching world by how we treat one another and, most of all, how we forgive one another. If we aren’t willing to examine our actions towards our “brothers,” the question arises: Do we really know Christ at all?

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

1 John 4:7-8