12 Scriptural Steps To Reconciliation And Peace

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Heb 4:12)

  1. We admit we are powerless before our weakness and sin

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Rom.7:15-25)

2. We recognize and believe there is power greater than ourselves that could restore us to righteousness and sanity:

So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”52 Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mk10:51-52)

Those who are well do not need the physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners (Mark 2:17)

I raise my eyes toward the mountains. From where will come my help? My help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth (Ps 121:1-2)

  1. Surrender to God

I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship (Rom 12:1)

  1. Examination of Conscience:

Examine yourselves to see whether you are livin gin faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realise that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless, of course you fail the test (2 Cor.13:5; Ps 139 also)

  1. Confession of Sins:

As long as l kept silent, my bones wasted away;

I groaned all the day. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength withered as by the summer’s heat. Then I confessed my sin to you; my guilt I did not hide. I said, “I will confess my sins to the Lord and you took away the guilt of my sins” (Ps 32:3-5)

  1. We are ready and resolved to follow God: When the student is ready the teacher arrives.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; holocaust and sin offering you took no delight in. Then, I said, “As is written of me in the scroll, Behold, I come to do your will, O God” (Heb.10:5-7

Draw nearer to God and he will draw near to you (James 4:8)

  1. In humility, we ask God for help:

But the tax collector stood far off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13)

Humble yourself before the Lord and he will exalt you (James 4: 10)

  1. Make a list of all you have harmed and those who have harmed you and be wiling to make amends:

Who can detect heedless feelings? From hidden faults acquit me. From presumption restrain your servant and let it not rule me. Then shall I be blameless, clean from grave sin. May the spoken words of my mouth, the thoughts of my heart, win favour in your sight, O Lord, my rescuer, my rock. (Ps 19: 12-14)

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us (Matt.6:12)

  1. Make amends except when (and where ) to do so will be injurious to them or others:

Therefore if you bring your gifts to the altar, and there recall that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift… (Matt 5:23-24)

  1. Continue to take personal inventory and where we are wrong continue to admit it and do the needful as indicated above:

Therefore whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall (1 Cor 10:12)

  1. Improve your relationship with God through prayer and meditation

Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while he is near. Let the scoundrel forsake his way, and the wicked man his thoughts; let him turn to the Lord for mercy; to our God, who is generous in forgiving. (Isaiah 55:6-7)

  1. Service and evangelization:

You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mk 10:42-45)

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28:19-20)

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