“For in Him [Jesus] 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 (Colossians 1: 19-20). Looking at the English word “reconcile,” we would think that it would mean to return to a former state of peace. However, as it is used in scripture, God through Jesus is accomplishing a new thing between God and man. Because of God’s inherent justice and the rebellious nature of mankind, a change in mankind was needed before reconciliation could happen.  Otherwise God’s wrath would have destroyed him. Through Jesus’ death in our behalf, God laid aside His wrath and all things were reconciled to Him.

The meaning of the root Greek word for reconciliation is “change.” In His abundant grace, God provides the change in man needed for reconciliation with Himself. If that is the operative word in reconciliation between God and man, how much more so is it needed– man to man? There is enough grace to cover the needed change! Therefore, warring tribes can be reconciled, divorcing couples can be brought back together, racial divides can dissolve—not to a good relationship they formerly enjoyed, but to a new peace through Christ.

About Reconciliation

What is reconciliation? Why is it needed? How does it apply to society as a whole with regard to race issues in our society?

How Do We Reconcile?

A lot of prayer has to go into reconciliation. Both parties usually feel offended or victimized. We need to put aside blaming and defensiveness.

Barriers to Reconciliation

We explore the major barriers to reconciliation – denial, distorted view of trust, bitterness, and lies from our culture.

Walking in Reconciliation

Some of the keys to building relationships include restitution, bridges, joint projects, redemptive acts, education and awarenss, and living a lifestyle of reconciliation.