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    The resentment that Ed held towards his ex-friend hung on his heart like a ball and chain. When he realized time was running out, he made the bold move to be freed of that painful burden.

    A few years ago Ann Landers printed a letter from a man calling for a “Reconciliation Day.” A day designated for putting aside grudges. A day on which to mend old wounds with friends or family members. That column resulted in an avalanche of mail. Readers described their joys in reconciling with estranged relationships.

God’s love and forgiveness bonded them together...
    Their stories were probably similar to my friend Ed’s. For years, he held a deep resentment towards a certain man who had betrayed his friendship. Then, one day, he heard that this man was dying of cancer. Ed rushed to the man’s home and pleaded for forgiveness for holding this grudge. Both of them burst into tears as the hard feelings gushed out.

    God’s love and forgiveness bonded them together as close friends until the man’s death.

    Scripture says forgive each other, “just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32b NIV) Is there someone in your life to whom you need to make amends? Why not confess to God and to another person any bitterness in your heart. Then go to this person and plead for reconciliation. If you ask him, Christ will give you the strength to make that phone call or write that letter. This day of reconciliation could be one of the most joyous days of your life. And one that will bring our Lord great honor.


Are you presently experiencing a new life? God’s word says, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” This new life is a free gift of God through faith Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about this life that only Jesus can give you, sign up for one of our Bible courses. Wherever you are in life, whatever you’ve done, you can begin again. You may also contact Jim Clark at response@heraldoftruth.org if you have questions about becoming a new creation.

 
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      © 2003, Herald of Truth and Jim Clark, Hope for Life. Used by permission.

      Title: ""
      Author: Jim Clark
      Publication Date: May 23, 2003


 
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