Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 7/04/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Are forgiveness and reconciliation the same thing?
No, they are different. Forgiveness is an attitude of the heart. Reconciliation is a re-union of hearts. Reconciliation can only happen when both parties are willing to reconcile.
Joseph pursues reconciliation with his brothers. When Joseph realizes he will be able to reconcile with his brothers because they are also willing to be reconciled, he cannot contain himself.
What will it require for you to reconcile? A heart that is ready. A heart that is honest. A heart that is discerning. Since reconciliation requires two willing parties, sometimes all that can be done is forgive. A heart that leaves room for the Holy Spirit.