The key is reconciling oneself with the trauma, drama or pain we experienced. To reconcile is to restore to friendship. We learn valuable keys to reconciliation as we look at what God did for us through Christ.
For in him (Christ) all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Col 1:19 -20
Let’s break this verse down, God knew we were sinners, so He chose to pay the price to bring us back into relationship, through the blood of the cross. So for us to enter into this restored friendship (reconciliation) with God we must accept we are sinner to accept Christ Jesus as our savior.
So often we think of reconciliation as just another word for forgiveness. But reconciliation is so much more. Reconciliation is a truth encounter as well as a sacrificial choice to forgive. It is why as we look to honor our parents we must look at the truth of who we were then (children) and who our parent were (adults charged by God to care and protect us) that we are able to look at what happened and truthfully stiff through our feelings and the effects those events had on our lives. As we heal we are better equipped to evaluate the skills and abilities our parents had to protect and care for us and come to a place of peace and reconciliation with events and the flawed human beings our parents are.
Physical reconciliation with our parents may not be possible, because of death, or some other reason, but as we reconcile ourselves with the events of our lives we come to a place of peace so God can activate our ability to honor our parents as God intends.
Blessings and Complete Joy,
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