In Touch Devotional 2nd February 2024 | Reconciliation: Guided by Grace
DR CHARLES STANLEY 2 FEBRUARY 2024 TODAY’S DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Read and Meditate on Today’s In Touch Daily Devotional for 2nd February 2024 Message written by Dr Charles
Today’s Topic: Reconciliation: Guided by Grace
Conflict in relationships is natural, but we can grow closer through it when we follow the Lord’s leading.
Scripture: Matthew 18:15-20
15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
IN TOUCH DAILY DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE FOR FEBRUARY 2ND, 2024
Picture this: You find yourself in a bitter dispute with a member of your church. Your relationship turns sour, affecting both the environment and your peace of mind. Frustrations mount and gossip spreads, deepening the divide. Yet, amidst the turmoil, you remember today’s passage, and the Holy Spirit nudges you to seek reconciliation.
Jesus’ words offer a compassionate guide to handling conflict within relationships. He calls us to approach our brothers and sisters in Christ with grace and humility. Through private, loving conversations, we can restore relationships and, in doing so, foster an atmosphere of love and unity within the body of Christ. In the midst of broken relationships, Jesus extends His hand of grace and invites us to be agents of reconciliation. When tensions arise, it’s natural to have hurt or angry feelings—or a desire to prove ourselves right. However, the path Christ sets before us involves a humble journey of communication, grace, and understanding.
Let us heed Christ’s call to address conflicts directly rather than allow them to fester. Our goal isn’t to win an argument but to win back our brother or sister. It’s an opportunity to exhibit love and grace, listen with empathy, offer forgiveness, and acknowledge our own imperfections as we extend understanding to others.
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