today

noooo, not the TV show. After dinner last night the wise, discerning and Sweet Anna said “Today is over, never to be again”

Whoa.

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16, ESV)

so, are there things we have said? ways that we have said them? ways we have treated others?

Jesus teaches us…

23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24, ESV)

I love the word reconciled. I love it because it is based upon what God has done for us… HE has suffered for us so that we may be reconciled to Him… We, as followers of Jesus are called to walk behind Him with care, we will struggle and fail, but we can go to each other and be reconciled to one another … but we have to follow Jesus word…

23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:22-24, ESV)

He made it possible, so let’s go and reconcile… today!

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4 responses to “today

  1. Uhrin Gábor

    Cool, I join you in reconciliation! 🙂

  2. A question: I read a ‘inspirational’ thought on Facebook the other day that a friend posted. It was about how we are called to forgive others, but that doesn’t mean to ‘reconcile’ with them. The more I thought about it, the more disappointed I was, because I like the idea of restoration and reconciliation when I am forgiven. (try as I might, I still make a lot of mistakes!).
    So…. you can’t reconcile with someone without forgiving them…. but you can forgive someone without reconciling? That makes common sense… but is it biblical?
    I will also say that I have such high expectations when it comes to Christianity… I expect more than common sense, because so often the teachings I read defy and are even counterintuitive to common sense. Sometimes they don’t even make sense. Yet, often I am told the more ‘common sense’ route of Christianity, or reducing some pretty hefty ideas and commands with stuff that makes more attainable sense.

    So…. reconciliation and forgiveness…. can you point me in the right direction? (or a book… I love books). I sure am glad Jesus didn’t stop at “I forgive you….. but I won’t reconcile our relationship.”

    • Tom Foley

      I believe that the Bible teaches me that forgiveness enables reconciliation, furthermore, I don’t think forgiveness without reconciliation is complete forgiveness…

      Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous personthough perhaps for a good person one would dare even to diebut God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:1-11 ESV)

      read _Free of Charge_ by Miroslav Volf

  3. Tory

    Thanks. I’ll read that.

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