5 Verses to Memorize and Recite
When You Need to Make Amends
by J.M. Troppello
“I think in most relationships that have problems, there’s fault on both sides. And in order for it to work, there has to be some common ground that’s shared. And it’s not just one person making amends.” – Steve Carell
God made people to have relationships.
You may have a relationship with a spouse or significant other. You might be a father or mother, sister or brother, aunt or uncle. You’re a son or daughter etc. Everyone has people in their lives—some closer than others.
When people interact, things can get messy.
There will be times when you or the other person needs to make amends.
Consider the following 5 verses that you should memorize or recite if you need to make amends.
It’s important to do whatever is necessary to be reconciled to other people in your lives. I know this can be a difficult situation. My husband and I have been dealing with some rifts in our extended family for years. However, through much prayer and diligent conflict resolution, these relationships are mending.
23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24, NKJV)
As a Christian, spiritual growth will continue to occur if you are working daily on cultivating that closeness and communion with God in your life. When rifts in relationships occur and sin happens, it’s pivotal to confess your sins to God. Then you need to go to that person that you sinned against, so you can make things right between you.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16, NKJV)
Throughout this reconciliation process, it is crucial that you move in gentleness in all aspects—body, soul, and spirit. Don’t allow your flesh to get in the way of true reconciliation. I admit that I’ve allowed my flesh to derail the reunification process in the broken relationships. Allow the Holy Spirit to move through your spirit.
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. (II Timothy 2:24-26, NKJV)
Prayer is an essential factor in reconciling broken relationships. You can not complete this reconciliation process in your own strength. Pray and ask God to help you all through this journey.
And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:25, NKJV)
The final critical component in making amends is to have compassion. There are various perspectives involved. You need to listen to the other person to hear what they went through—from their perspective. Speak in love and have compassion as your motivator. That will go a long way toward healing the broken relationship.
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32, NKJV)
Make Amends Today
My husband and I had lunch at our home recently with some family members that we’ve had a long-time rift with through the years. There has been healing in the past years. Yet, after this lunch time and spending the afternoon together, I sensed a new and deeper unity between us. I’m believing God to continue the healing between our family units.
Employing reconciliation, confession, gentleness, prayer, and compassion will help you forge the path toward healing in your relationships—with God’s power at work in all of you.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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