It’s been said that those who don’t learn from history are bound to repeat it. Those of us who believe this statement are more likely to see how this truth applies to the conflict in our lives. As important as it is to take responsibility for the fallout of past offenses, if we stop there, we miss a substantial and vital component of authentic confession.
While it is imperative to address every aspect of the conflict we are attempting to put behind us, it is just as crucial that we learn how to move forward in a more positive way. If we are unwilling to assess and correct the issues that lead to conflict, it increases the likelihood that a similar situation will surface in the future – with the same person or with someone else.
As we evaluate the mistakes of the past and anticipate how to build solid relationships in the future, it helps to look deep inside our hearts, and with God’s grace and guidance, ask ourselves this important question: How do I need to change? As we pause to ponder this question, we may benefit from leaning on a trusted friend who knows and cares enough about us to offer honest feedback. After taking into account their wisdom, and pausing long enough for the Spirit of God to reveal the places in our hearts that need to look more like His heart, we can begin to experience the kind of transformation that helps us move forward on the path of peace.
For most of us, change isn’t easy. In fact, it can be downright hard! Yet, with our Father’s help, we can ask Him to help us to become more like Him as we travel The Path of a Peacemaker.
If you are working through a contentious situation, here are a few additional questions you may want to consider as you move toward confession and reconciliation: What do I need to specifically confess to a brother or sister about changes I am making in my life? How will these changes impact my present and future relationships – not only with this person, but with others?
Up Ahead on “The Path”
In next week’s blog post, we’ll continue to look at the importance of confession in the peacemaking process. As always, thanks for reading and sharing The Path of a Peacemaker blog!
Dale Pyne – CEO, Peacemaker Ministries
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