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Forgiveness and reconciliation are two strong topics. You either forgive and move forward or hold forgiveness from others and grow bitter.
2 Corinthians 2:1-11 deals with a group of people encouraged to forgive a man for his sinful behavior. In 1 Corinthians, chapter 5, a man sinned by committing a sexual sin. God is encouraging, through the Apostle Paul, that the church must deal with this behavior and not ignore it.
They dealt with the man. And some time between the two books this man makes things right with the people involved. Now in 2 Corinthians 2, the Apostle is pushing for forgiveness.
As I review this case, I see several things for you and me to consider.
God desires community. We need community. But when trust is violated, community suffers. And when a community is broken, conflict has occurred. Whether it's in a family, marriage, work environment, or society, when conflict happens there is shattered community.
To resolve conflict, confrontation is necessary. Talking, admitting wrong, making changes can happen in the hard process of confrontation. Confession of my sin is necessary to heal community. But if I fail to own up to my part in the problem, confrontation won't work and community is still broken.
When I confess my wrong-doing, stay in the confronting process, comfort can come. Restoration can take place. Healing can happen. When someone forgives me, I have joy restored and they are set free from any bitterness that might attack their soul.
And when this cycle is complete, we're back to community. And it's great to be in a community!
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When working with your kids, teach the "Be S.M.A.R.T." model.
Targeted Timed Goals
These S.M.A.R.T. Goals will help you stay focused as you build a strong home.
Small steps are important.