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Welcome To The Learner III

 Addiction Recovery 

Chapter Ten: Pray And Move To Reconcile

Welcome To The Learner III

Addiction Recovery

Chapter One Recognizing Our Brokenness

Chapter Two  Having Faith In God

Chapter Three God Is In Charge

Chapter Four Making A Self Examination

Chapter Five Confession Follows Examination

Chapter Six Repentance: The Way To Forgiveness

Chapter Seven God Is Able To Cleanse Us

Chapter Eight Examine Our Relationships

Chapter Nine          Pressing Forward

Chapter Ten Move To Reconcile

Chapter Eleven Draw Near To God

Chapter Twelve Shine Your Light

 

Chapter Ten: Pray and move to reconcile!

Let us not continue to look backwards at our past mistakes always revisiting what once was, but now let us look forward to our new future!

"Brethren, I count not myself to apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13

"Wherefore let him that stands take heed lest he fall." 1Corinthians 10:12

It is very important that we recognize the importance of having relationships, family and friends that we can count on, that we can call on, and depend upon in our time of need. In order to establish these relationships we equally also must be there for them in their time of need. "If we desire to have friends we must show ourselves friendly" If we are prideful and insist that we can do things on our own then we fail to take heed of how important it is that we have others to help us, and how easy it is for us to fall.

Read Mathew 5:21-30

What questions do you have after reading this?

Answer the following questions:

Why is it important to be reconciled with others before praying to God at the Altar?

Can we still find favor with God is we ignore reconciliation?

Why is it that we often prefer to do things ourselves knowing that no one person is able to conquer life alone? Now we have made mistakes, but there is none that are so far gone that we cannot be restored, but we must recognize that we need God, and that we need each other, many will say, "I got my God and he is enough" Why then is it that God himself has stated, "And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him." Genesis 2:18 It is because together we are stronger, as it is written, "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up." Ecclesiastes 4:9,10 You see a move to reconcile is for our good, it is for the good of all relationships, but it is that we should realize that we need to stop hurting the relationships that we have made and move to make amends and repair any that have been broken. The mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus includes love and friendship with others, as Jesus has called to, as it is written, "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." John 15:12, this is the high calling in Christ. We need to press towards this mark. A move to reconcile is pressing forward towards this mark. To do this we need to forget the past and forgetting the past can only be done by accepting the forgiveness that Jesus has given to us all by shedding his blood to wash away our sins. We can’t forget what Jesus has done for us, we can’t think that we will be ok without him! Here we pray, what do we pray? We pray for God to help us be reconciled, sure we can go to those that we have offended or hurt and try to be reconciled and this may work, but if you find that it isn’t working there is a good chance that it will require that you pray, and not just a simple prayer, but a fervent prayer that shows God and the other person that it is important to you, that you care about this relationship and that you value this relationship and you do this by showing to God your effort in prayer.

Pray and move to reconcile is exactly in this order, I recommend that you pray and that you ask others to agree with you in prayer, tell of your desire to have your friendship repaired, your family relationship restored, through Jesus this can all take place with a miraculous healing and restoration.

Oh that we would love one another!

Read Ephesians 2:14-21

What questions do you have after reading this?

Answer the following questions:

Knowing the love of God, which should be our desire for ourselves and also for others, how is the best way that we can show others that love?

When we are reconciled with others, and relationships are repaired, are we more effective for Christ unto all who need to see him living through us?

 

Chapter Eleven: Draw Near To God