“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”

ROMANS 12:18

The outcome of forgiveness and repentance is reconciliation between offended and offender. Reconciliation is to restore understanding/peace after hostility, displeasure or disagreement.

Someone has said, “The more I get to know the human race, the more I love my dog.” Dogs are loyal, dependable, eager to please, and quick to forgive and forget. Don’t you wish people were more like that? But sometimes no matter how hard we try to have a good relationship with someone, it doesn’t work.

The apostle Paul addressed that situation in Romans 12:18. Notice the phrase “as much as depends on you.” He knew that some people problems may never be resolved. It takes two to quarrel; it takes two to reconcile. If you do your part and the problem remains, there is still a plan to follow. Don’t harbour resentment or retaliate with the weapon of silence. Work at overcoming evil with good (v.21), and let God work out the problem.

We need to keep following the steps given in Romans 12:9-21 until our people problems are resolved but especially if they’re not.

You can go on forgiving but if there are no repentance you cannot be reconciled and so no peace between offenders and offended. If you have done all you can to live at peace with them and they continue to resist then you can be at peace with Christ.

You can live in the power of forgiveness without reconciliation, free from harbouring, rehearsing, anger, depression. You can hug and kiss, do Meals, pray and say sorry but the person can still be resistant in their heart, but you can be free. The best way to conquer an enemy is with the weapon of love. The most important thing is our relationship with God, and we are at Peace there.

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