When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Pro 16:7)
And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Rom 5:11)
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (2 Cor 5:18, 19, emphases added)
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression. (Pro 19:11)
Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. (Rom 14:19)
It’s never too late to make peace with estranged friends, family members and loved ones. Reconciliation is the very crux of Jesus’ work for the Kingdom of God.
Whenever something has happened to cause a breakdown in a relationship, it’s best to pray about it and literally bathe the event in prayer (after it has happened). Ask God to give you supernatural wisdom, insight, and understanding in the matter.
If you’re the offender, respectfully approach the person whom you’ve hurt, and indicate that you would like to make peace. This might involve you sending a “thinking of you” card in the mail (or a text message or an email, etc.) saying that you’d like to make things right between you. Share your sincere apology for the offense (briefly say what it was), and that you would like to resume a relationship. Indicate how important the other person is to you.
Now, whatever the response is—you’ve done your part. Your mind and conscience can be at peace, even if the offended person doesn’t reply. Or they may say that they forgive you, but they don’t want to resume the relationship. Again, that’s their prerogative, and you’ll know that you did the responsible and godly thing. At least you have participated in establishing peace between you and the other person. (Rom 12:18)
Our next article will cover Part 2 of this subject.