by Rick Ferguson

How to Reconcile an Offended Brother
Dr. Rick E. Ferguson
Genesis 32:9-24, 33:1-16

One of the greatest sources of unhappiness and discontent in human hearts is interpersonal conflict. Strained relationships and estranged kinships are vicious, violent, voluminous joy robbers!

I believe it is impossible for you to be happy and, at the same time, harbor hatred in your heart for some person. It is impossible for you to be happy knowing that someone else harbors hatred in his heart for you.

(1) It is impossible for you to experience the joy of Jesus and, at the same time, be angry toward another person.

(2) It is impossible to be filled with the Spirit of God and, at the same time, know people who you are bitter toward, jealous of or estranged from.

(3) It is impossible to be right with God and, at the same time, feel angry at and offended by another person.

(4) It is impossible to know the peace and power of God in your life and, at the same time, know you have- offended- or hurt another party and not attempted reconciliation.

Today I want to share some practical spiritual principles on how to mend fences and repair damaged bridges between you and others.

Copyright e 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson, All rights reserved. No portion of this document may be used in any form without the written permission of the author. Bible quotations are from the New International Version unless otherwise indicated.

Today we will once again draw from the experience of Jacob to learn how to reconcile an offended brother.

TEXT--Genesis 32:9-24, 33:1-16

An outdoor magazine recently had a picture of two huge, beautiful trophy mule deer that had died horrible deaths. The deer were powerful, majestic animals--the kind every hunter dreams about. In spite of their enormous size, tremendous strength and mystifying speed they died miserably. The two deer had gotten into a fight, locked horns, and could not get free. They died with horns locked tightly in place.

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