Honestly, it’s been a while since I wrote a decent post since I’ve been busy. Today, I want to talk about the idea of reconciliation with people that have burned bridges with you. Should you reconcile or should you just leave things be. I believe that with any process of reconciliation, there is that need to proceed with caution with certain types of individuals that are conniving in nature. I’m not implying that you should treat people with disdain, because we all have a level of grace to treat people with human dignity and respect, but wisdom must be applied when working with conniving individuals.
I grew up with my grandparents who were diplomats and have seen all kinds of people with different natures and personalities that I know what I’m talking about. Just because people work together doesn’t mean that they are in fact “together” walking in agreement and in one accord. There will be people that will test your patience, people that will try to manipulate you and abuse you if you walk in the realm of sheer ignorance. Not everyone who is walking with you is walking with you in agreement. Some people walk close just to get enough information to betray you. Think of Judas Iscariot. He was close to Jesus, but for only a few shekels of silver, he betrayed Jesus that led Him to be crucified on the Cross. This just goes to show you that it’s not enough to simply know about Jesus if you do not follow His ways and what He says.
[ The Wise and Foolish Builders ] “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
What I’m trying to say here, is that it is so important to build upon discernment especially when you are starting to progress in your world or sphere of influence. The more influence you garner, the more enemies will rise against you trying to plot for your downfall.
In certain situations, those that did hurt you will come back to you with a repentant heart wanting to regain your trust and confidence with them again, but then again, there will also be those that you will have irreconcilable differences with and will clash with you on an ongoing basis because of their hidden agendas to go against you due to jealousy, or pure hatred towards you. You as the individual need to know who you can allow back into your life and who you should stay clear away from. I say this especially to people who have families because at the end of the day you have to not only protect yourself, but you have to think of protecting your family as well since I have witnessed how one individual can completely break a family apart simply because of their conniving and devious nature.
Just because you are a Christian, doesn’t mean that you have to remain ignorant and oblivious with regards to the devices of the enemy that tries to use anything and anyone to destroy your life and your families lives as well.
DO NOT BE COMPLACENT!
I don’t really know why I’m writing about this today, but I feel the need to emphasize the fact that as Christians, we need to sharpen our discernment and wisen up when we face battles with individuals that seek to destroy your lives.
Reconciliation can be established when there is no bitterness left in ones heart and when the other party or parties have come before you with a contrite spirit.
Psalm 51:17 – My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
[ Comfort for the Contrite ] And it will be said: “Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”
For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.
Forgiveness is not always easy, but as Christians, if we truly have the heart of Jesus, that is what we must strive for. Forgiveness is for the offended’s benefit; however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will allow offenders back in your life so easily again. It just means that you will harbor no ill will against them and you will keep it moving. You will grow beyond the offense and find peace within your own heart as a believer of God’s love and mercy. Grace can only be applied on ones life if it is given. Learn to show grace to others that are seemingly not deserving of it, but because it is the nature of Christ in us the hope of Glory to do so. I pray that this post blesses your spirit today. God bless you everybody! 😀