Reconciliation: it's about us as much as them
If we truly want to be reconciled with our fellow brother or sister, we have to take a look at ourselves first. We can perform the most benevolent deeds in the world but they'll be meaningless is we don't truly forgive beforehand. And we can talk ourselves into believing almost anything. In fact, we're even commanded to try to make amends first before we go about our way and perform good deeds, give gifts, etc.
Matthew 5:23 "So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift."
And if an adversary offers to change their ways? Take them on face value...
Luke 17:3 "Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him..."
Think about how much nicer the world would be if reconciliation were to be put first. Half of the content on YouTube or TikTok would disappear instantly. Our society promotes disagreement, unfortunately. If we do the opposite, though, we can impact our culture in a positive way.
Hebrews 12:14 "Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord."
And if you see an opportunity to be reconciled with your fellow brother, sister, or family member, capitalize on it. You never know when you'll have another chance. Likewise, just because you didn't do so yesterday, doesn't mean you can't today.
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