Overcoming Offense – Part 2
Pastor Corey Willis, April 15, 2018
Part 2 –Reconciliation
THE MESSAGE OF RECONCILIATION
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV) All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
- God has called you to be a peacemaker.
(Matthew 5:9 NIV) Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Peacemaker: a person who brings about peace, especially by reconciling adversaries.
- Peacemakers maintain perspective through the forgiveness of Christ.
(Matthew 6:12 NIV) And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”
(James 3:13-18) Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
HOW TO PURSUE RECONCILIATION…
WHEN YOU ARE OFFENDED
- Prepare your heart through forgiveness
(Matthew 18:21-22 NAS) Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
- Pursue reconciliation through humility
(Matthew 18:15-17 NIV) If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
WHEN YOU OFFEND OTHERS
- Prepare your heart through humility
(James 4:6 NIV) But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
- Pursue reconciliation through repentance
(Matthew 5:23-24 NIV) Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.