“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;”
2 Corinthians 5:18
Genesis 25-31 narrates the story of Jacob’s betrayal to his brother Esau and how God worked in bringing reconciliation to both of them. Jacob cheated his own brother, by taking his birthright. He did that by deceiving his father Isaac.
If you have experienced betrayal, or have at least been snatched of something you value most, you would probably know how Esau felt. Esau lost everything good he could get from his life and it wasn’t even his fault. It was because of his brother’s greed and envy that took away all his blessings. Nothing was left for him. Surely, he was filled with rage. It’s reasonable to think that Esau’s response at that moment was to kill his brother Jacob. But Jacob ran away to spare his life, bringing all of Esau’s blessing with him. Many years passed before Jacob repented and sought reconciliation with his brother.
Jacob already had the life that he wanted, but wasn’t sure how his brother was and if he would be forgiven. It was God who called them into reconciliation. Jacob did what God told him. With humility and faith, Jacob went to his brother Esau, acknowledging that his brother is lord over him. Though Jacob’s act cannot be undone, he sought his brother’s forgiveness with all sincerity. God provided the grace to remove Esau’s rage, replacing it with the gladness and joy that welcomed Jacob back.
If God is calling you to reconcile with someone today, ask God to reveal to you the ministry of forgiveness and reconciliation that was first initiated by Jesus. That though He was the Son of God, the rightful heir of the throne of heaven, He came down to earth and humbled Himself, took all the punishment for our sins so that we could be reconciled to God. Because of this, we can initiate the same reconciliation with those from whom we need to ask or receive forgiveness.