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DAILY DEVOTIONS:

Mar
15

'Reconciliation'

Lenten Weekday

...go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

- Matthew 5:24

For more than a year, I held a grudge against a friend whom I had known and been close to for many years. He was like a brother to me. I felt that he had treated another friend badly. His behavior was deeply disappointing. I was angry. I was determined to end the friendship. Then I ran into him recently. At first I was hesitant, but after an awkward moment or two, I reached out to him, shook his hand and gave him a hug and felt better almost immediately. Something had washed away all the bad feelings. We talked about it. He apologized. I apologized. It was a heartfelt reconciliation. It is true, as Jesus tells us, that we need to heal those relationships that are wounded, those that keep us from being a loving, forgiving person. Do that--and then offer your gift.

- Paul Pennick
 
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Thank you Paul for your devotion.

The feeling you get when you reconcile with someone you've held a grudge against is beautiful.

My sister and I had a huge disagreement back in 1999. We hadn't talked or seen each other since then. A year and a half ago through Facebook, we slowly reconnected and then during our family reunion, we reconciled. We hugged each other, we talked and laughed. But the greatest feeling I had was when we apologized to each other. We now see each other often and enjoy each other's company.

God Bless the Living Faith Family on this Lenten Friday.
Tillie | Posted on: 2019-03-15 19:15:03
 
Amen. Uplifting reflections.
Holly | Posted on: 2019-03-15 13:30:24
 
Eleanor, go to the services! Salina thank you for your first comment.
God bless the LFF!
Cc | Posted on: 2019-03-15 13:02:23
 
Thank you for the reflection that really hits the nail on the head about forgiveness. I've learned that to hold on to a grudge only hurts me. It's like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die. A valued employee in my husband's office embezzled a large sum of money, We were angry and hurt by the betrayal. I was given the instruction to pray for him every day that he may have the same blessings that I wanted for myself. I didn't want to do it! I didn't mean it! And told God so! Gradually that changed. I changed. I ran into him grocery cart to grocery cart in a large store. He cast his eyes down and turned away. I saw a broken, beloved child of God.
Barbara | Posted on: 2019-03-15 12:05:02
 
I am thinking all the situations where reconciliation is not possible because it requires both parties to be in agreement! Forgiveness, however can be achieved without both parties!

The best example is Jesus Who died for my sins while I was still a sinner! Forgiveness is given and provided freely on the cross whether I come to the table or not :-) Reconciliation, however, requires my acceptance of the free gift and admittance of my sins to restore my relationship (reconciliation) with God before the fall!

With the list Jesus referred to in today's gospel, who can enter the Kngdom of heaven?
* unless your righteousness surpasses...
* angry with his brother...
* says to his brother, Raqa (empty head)...
* says, 'You fool,'...

The answer is...NO ONE!!! No one can enter the Kingdom of heaven on their own merits!

"Jesus looked at them (disciples) and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

God's will and desire:
* Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked? (Ezekiel 19:23a)
* Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way that he may live? (Ezekiel 19:23b)
* 2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

How does it happen?
* 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He (God the Father) made Him (God the Son, Jesus) Who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
* Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
* Romans 10:9-10, "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."

If You, O LORD, mark iniquities, LORD, who can stand? But with You is forgiveness, that You may be revered. For with the LORD is kindness and with You is plenteous redemption; And You have redeemed me from all my iniquities. Amen!!! (Psalm 130:3-4, 7-8)
Salina | Posted on: 2019-03-15 10:21:10
 
Amen.
freeter | Posted on: 2019-03-15 09:25:19
 
Outstanding reflection today and Sandy you have hit it out of the park as well with your comments.

This very hard to do, but when you come face to face, unexpectactly or the other person who treated you poorly reaches out the hand to you or a kind gesture, do not let the moment go by without taking action. You will be glad you did.

Happy Friday everyone and we are still praying strong for all.

Amen
Tim | Posted on: 2019-03-15 08:38:16
 
Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen
A sinner | Posted on: 2019-03-15 08:27:38
 
Thank you Paul for this devotion.

I have been there before, holding a grudge for pain that was inflicted on me. I have found that between holding a grudge or reconciling that it always feels better to shake hands or to give that hug. However, I was only able to do that with the grace of God. Sometimes I feel he puts those people in our path to give us that chance to reconcile with our brother....and, he will give you the courage to do it if you let him!

Happy Lenten Friday LF family.
Sandy | Posted on: 2019-03-15 08:05:47
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An acquaintance of mine and I had a misunderstanding. Her sister recently died .I don't know if I should attend the funeral or call her and extend my condolences. Please L.F.members give me your input.I am waiting. The funeral service is Mondayrhe 18th of March.
Eleanor Pierre | Posted on:: 2019-03-15 10:29:31
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An acquaintance of mine and I had a misunderstanding. Her sister recently died .I don't know if I should attend the funeral or call her and extend my condolences. Please L.F.members give me your input.I am waiting. The funeral service is Mondayrhe 18th of March.
Eleanor Pierre | Posted on:: 2019-03-15 10:29:31
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An acquaintance of mine and I had a misunderstanding. Her sister recently died .I don't know if I should attend the funeral or call her and extend my condolences. Please L.F.members give me your input.I am waiting. The funeral service is Mondayrhe 18th of March.
Eleanor Pierre | Posted on:: 2019-03-15 10:29:31
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An acquaintance of mine and I had a misunderstanding. Her sister recently died .I don't know if I should attend the funeral or call her and extend my condolences. Please L.F.members give me your input.I am waiting. The funeral service is Mondayrhe 18th of March.
Eleanor Pierre | Posted on:: 2019-03-15 10:29:31
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An acquaintance of mine and I had a misunderstanding. Her sister recently died .I don't know if I should attend the funeral or call her and extend my condolences. Please L.F.members give me your input.I am waiting. The funeral service is Mondayrhe 18th of March.
Eleanor Pierre | Posted on:: 2019-03-15 10:29:31
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An acquaintance of mine and I had a misunderstanding. Her sister recently died .I don't know if I should attend the funeral or call her and extend my condolences. Please L.F.members give me your input.I am waiting. The funeral service is Mondayrhe 18th of March.
Eleanor Pierre | Posted on:: 2019-03-15 10:29:32
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Eleanor, I encourage you to go to the funeral and let the Holy Spirit guide your actiona and words on that day.
VB | Posted on:: 2019-03-15 10:59:16
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Thank You Very Much I was thinking about attending the funeral services.You just put the nail in the coffin.
Eleanor Pierre | Posted on:: 2019-03-15 11:43:37
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Yes go to the funeral and pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance and strength..and if the Spirit moves you,give your friend a big hug....+++
Barry | Posted on:: 2019-03-15 19:30:24
 
 
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