Spirit and Truth – Reconciliation
Spirit & Truth
Part 4 of 4 Part Series
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” John 4:23
In this final installment in this series, we are looking at the two important qualities of worship shared with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in the Gospel of John – spirit and truth – and how we benefit from worshiping the living God in this way. To date we have discovered that these qualities of our worship produce Power, Healing, and Revelation in our lives . This month, we’ll consider the fourth benefit of Spirit and Truth worship…
Let’s face it – we live in a broken world. We see it all around us – broken relationships, divorce, anger, disappointment, and unfaithfulness. Whether at work, in our homes, in the church, with our extended family – don’t we all have some broken relationships out there that cause us pain? We are a people in need of reconciliation.
Reconciliation is defined as “the act of causing two people or groups to become friendly again after an argument or disagreement “. This quality was desperately needed in the early church in Corinth. The Apostle Paul wrote these words to encourage these believers…
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Cor 5:18-19
Because God has always been about the business of reconciling His people to Himself (note the entirety of the Old Testament is devoted to God reconciling His chosen people!), He certainly wants that for us in our lives. He wants there to be
- harmony in the household
- unity in the church
- peace and productivity in the workplace.
In the midst of our “spirit and truth” worship, He will guide your conscience and tap you on the shoulder to encourage you to go apologize to your neighbor, your spouse, your co-worker. He will urge you to sit down with that brother or sister you are feuding with. He is the God of peace – do you think He’s capable of restoring peace for you? Then take Him at His word.
In our moments of concentrated focus on God, we learn things about ourselves and others, and God uses that “teachable moment” in His presence, to help seal and save friendships, marriages, jobs, and important relationships. He’s in the reconciliation business, and He wants us to be too!