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“Reconciliation is a difficult thing for my children because human feelings of hurt and pride get in the way of allowing wounds to be healed. Reconciliation comes when you lay those feelings down and you are willing to allow me to work in your life; when you are willing to be humble and to realize that you don’t know everything, you don’t have all the answers. I am the one who does, and I gently lead you to the truth as you are willing to listen to me.
Forgiveness is the first step toward the healing of hearts and mending of relationships. With forgiveness, you may not feel it at first. Your feelings will follow the faith of your actions. It is important to forgive. I call you to it and you see it in my word. You see it through the life of my Son.
Jesus came, lived, and died a horrible death so that you could be reconciled to me and be forgiven for your sins. Forgiveness is a sacrifice of self. It is choosing to show great love in the midst of great pain. It is what Jesus did and it is what I want you to do, all of you who call me Father.
The second step of forgiveness is healing. Healing comes over time as I deal with individual hearts. Just as my love is thorough and all encompassing, so is my forgiveness. It is a process, sometimes it’s quick and easy, sometimes it’s long and challenging. Embrace the process of healing, allow my Spirit to speak to your heart, allow me to transform and renew your mind. As you heal, feelings of love begin to return so you can move forward in your relationships.
Remember that others may not move as quickly through this phase as you did or as you might want them to. Healing for others is the same as it is for you, but it may happen in a different way because they are not you. It is a process and it takes time; every heart is unique. When understanding bears fruit, healing can be completed.
During the healing process, receive my grace so that you can give it when the other person needs it. Grace is a salve that soothes wounds and allows my Spirit to continue its work. Never give up on reconciliation and healing because my great blessings are ahead as you stay humble and allow me to complete the healing of your hearts.”
- “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.” Colossians 1: 21-23
- “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14
- “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
- “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32