PRAYER, PEACE, AND RECONCILIATION
Updated: Feb 13
Gen 33: 1-4 And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.
2. And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
3. And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
4. And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.
Insight and Highlight
Some people treat people unjustifiably and think poorly of them rather than being sober and humble before them.
Jacob is now faced with the unsavory task of facing Esau. His brother was coming with 400 men.
The problem he had was the thought of whether his brother’s rage still burned after all of these years.
Jacob was afraid so he divided his family. He had previously stayed back to pray, Gen 32.
Jacob knowing he had cheated his brother, did not think highly of himself nor did he despise or think poorly of his brother Esau. He humbled himself before Esau, Gen 33:3.
You may have prayed to God but your attitude to the offended party is also important in reconciliation.
Jacob was wise. He prayed, both to God and he was also humble to his adversary.
When you know you have truly hurt someone, even after you have prayed God for forgiveness, it is wise also to play your part in humility.
Stay away from trouble.
Make someone less angry, today.
Be courteous, respectful, and humble.
If you have hurt someone, pray, admit and in the Spirit of peace and reconciliation, go and humble yourself before him/herself.
James preached faith with works, ref James 2:14.
Call to Word action
Matthew 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
The Christian clarion duty
We can save ourselves and others by doing the Godly and rightful things: confess and pursue reconciliation in humility.
Proverbs 15:1 -4 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Lord, help me utter healing words that will gladden a heart today, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.