In Touch Devotional 2nd February 2024 Message by Dr. Charles Stanley
TOPIC: Reconciliation: Guided by Grace
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY: Matthew 18:15-20
MESSAGE: Picture this: You find yourself in a bitter dispute with a member of your church. Your relationship turns sour, affecting both the environment and your peace of mind. Frustrations mount and gossip spreads, deepening the divide. Yet, amidst the turmoil, you remember today’s passage, and the Holy Spirit nudges you to seek reconciliation.
Jesus’ words offer a compassionate guide to handling conflict within relationships. He calls us to approach our brothers and sisters in Christ with grace and humility. Through private, loving conversations, we can restore relationships and, in doing so, foster an atmosphere of love and unity within the body of Christ.
In the midst of broken relationships, Jesus extends His hand of grace and invites us to be agents of reconciliation. When tensions arise, it’s natural to have hurt or angry feelings—or a desire to prove ourselves right. However, the path Christ sets before us involves a humble journey of communication, grace, and understanding.
Let us heed Christ’s call to address conflicts directly rather than allow them to fester. Our goal isn’t to win an argument but to win back our brother or sister. It’s an opportunity to exhibit love and grace, listen with empathy, offer forgiveness, and acknowledge our own imperfections as we extend understanding to others.
Bible in One Year: Leviticus 11-13
Thought for Today: Conflict in relationships is natural, but we can grow closer through it when we follow the Lord’s leading.
Dr. Charles Stanley was the founder of In Touch Ministries and a New York Times best-selling author. Throughout his ministry, he demonstrated a keen awareness of people’s needs and provided Christ-centered biblically based principles for everyday life