The word reconciliation is defined as: the restoration of friendly relations, and the action of making one view or belief compatible with another. In a letter to Philemon, Paul appeals to Philemon for a reconciliation with his runaway slave, Onesimus. In our own lives, is there someone with whom we’ve had differences or a run-in which causes tension in our relationship? What if that individual turns out to be somebody who could be a blessing in your life but your avoidance of confrontation and reconciliation prevents you from receiving that blessing? Reconciliation isn’t easy but the reward could be immeasurable.
Message by Josh Mutter – June 23, 2019
RECONCILED IN JESUS
Philemon 1:8-9 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus…
Philemon 1:10-11 … I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.
Philemon 1:12 … I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you.
Philemon 1:13-14 … I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favour you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary.
1. Reconciliation comes from Jesus’ presence in our lives
2. Reconciliation requires facing those with whom we have differences
3. Reconciliation is the decision to view someone differently
4. Reconciliation is not easy
1. Who do I need to be reconciled with?
2. What barriers exist that are in the way of reconciliation?
3. How am I relying on Jesus to help me be reconciled?