Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 30, 2015

Unfinished business

Isn’t it amazing how many relationships fester with unresolved conflict?  The guilty want to save face and are afraid the hurt will retaliate.  So nothing goes said.  These affairs often won’t be resolved until there’s a mediator.  In the second life.  An unbiased heavenly mediator.  Many people will be forced into mediation.  Jesus hints at this:

“As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.”  Luke 12:58

Those relationships that are at a standstill might be settled as Job.  Notice how the judgment proceeds;  First, God settles with Job.  Then God settles directions with the guilty three ‘friends’.  Then God demands the friends and Job reconcile, with the friends asking forgiveness and Job praying for them.  Isn’t it interesting that the judgment begins with the righteous Job getting a talking-too?  Yes, “For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”  1 Peter 4:17

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