Soul Craving – Reconciliation by Lori Hatcher

Soul Craving – Reconciliation
Lori Hatcher
Colossians 1:19-21


Appetizer

Our fights usually begin small, like a leaky pipe in an upstairs bathroom. Unrepaired, they can cause our relationships to collapse like a waterlogged ceiling.

Entrée

Whether we’re at odds with a spouse, a roommate, a parent, or another family member—fighting with someone we care about is a bad feeling.

Nine times out of ten it begins with something small. The messy table in the break room, the un-returned borrowed shirt, the socks your husband leaves on the den floor. “The laundry room is right there. Couldn’t you just open the door and throw them in?”

“Well, you leave books and papers scattered everywhere. And don’t think I didn’t notice that you ate the last of the dessert and didn’t offer me any.”

What about the way your husband takes up two thirds of the bed and hogs the covers? “It’s a big bed—just slide over. And quit stealing the blankets.”

But it doesn’t stop there, because for every offense, however small, there’s an equal and opposite offense. The tit for tat sucks you in, and before you know it you’re sleeping on opposite ends of the bed with your backs turned, sharing a silent treatment that screams louder than a two-year-old missing his nap.

If you sleep at all, you awaken grumpier than when you went to bed. You exchange the minimum conversation necessary to delegate the kids, errands, and carpool duties, and you part ways.

It’s a bad feeling, being at odds with someone you care about.

It’s even worse being at odds with God.

Colossians 1 reminds us of the amazing work of reconciliation Christ accomplished on the cross. Greater than negotiating peace between Sunnis and Shiites, Democrats and Republicans, or Cowboys and Redskins, Christ brokered a peace agreement unlike any other. And we are the beneficiaries.


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