Monday, June 5th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 76)
But Esau ran to meet him [Jacob], and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
Genesis 33:4 (NKJV)
Then he [Joseph] fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. Moreover he kissed all his brothers and wept over them...
Genesis 45:14-15 (NKJV)
So Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel; and he presented himself to him, and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while.
Genesis 46:29 (NKJV)
And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
Luke 15:20 (NKJV)*
Warm embraces, where necks bend toward embittered, ignored or estranged kin (where reconciliation is won, where torn relationships are mended, where tears of reunion flow freely), affirm God's intention of forgiveness...
And they deny Satan's intention (where prodigals forget their parents, where spouses forget their wedding vows, where forgotten children run away, where prior sins still sever like swords)... in the strength of homes reunited.
'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, Who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us' (2 Corinthians 5:17-20, NIV).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Work for reconciliation with...
1) Family members who wounded you.
2) Difficult relatives who irk you.
3) Aggressors who harmed you grievously.
4) Church friends you lost through petty squabbles.
5) Anyone you hurt along the way.
6) Yourself, if you made some big mistakes.
7) Outsiders, as Christ's ambassadors.
If you don't bend your neck toward them, God may stiffen His Neck toward you.
To Be Continued...
* The Parable of The Prodigal Son: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15%3A11%E2%80%9332&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.