Fri. Jul 1st, 2022

Introduction: What is Reconciliation?

Reconciliation is a process of restoring broken relationships. It can happen between two people, groups of people, or between an individual and God. And if you haven’t guessed it already, this article is about the latter form.It is a process of restoring broken relationships within the body of Christ. When we as believers experience conflict with one another, it is God’s will that we seek reconciliation with that person first. The Apostle Paul encouraged us to “reconcile” ourselves to our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ (Romans 12:15). But how do we start a process of reconciliation?
When two believers have a disagreement how should they start the process of reconciliation?
According to the book “Conflict Resolution in the Church” by David Naugle, there are five steps that need to take place within the process. The five steps outlined in this book are as follows:
First, an “attitude of repentance.” This means that you must be willing to admit your guilt and ask for forgiveness from another person.
Second, an “attitude of empathy.” This means that you are to allow yourself to put yourself in the place of the other person and understand how they feel.

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when thomas paine writes about reconciliation he is referring to

Thomas Paine on Christian Reconciliation

Here is a truly Christian sentiment that would go a long way towards reconciling Christians to one another. It is true that we cannot justify our sins against God by accusing other Christians of the same sin. However, this does not mean that it is right to make the same accusation against other believers and use it to perpetuate the conflict. After all, those of us who have accepted Christ have all been forgiven. We should seek to forgive one another, not to make our sins look bigger than they really are.
Paine wrote the following after attending a meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). He seems to be amazed that the Quakers would turn out in their true nature and not in spite of their Quaker belief.

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when thomas paine writes about reconciliation he is referring to

Thomas Paine on British Reconciliation

I’m not a fan of Thomas Paine’s writing. His political commentary has been largely discredited and set against the backdrop of broad political perception in Britain at the time it was written. I encourage you to read it for yourself, though, and see what he had to say on the matter of reconciliation. He was not just a political commentator but also a very clear voice in the debate regarding reconciliation. (1)
I was, however, curious to read his writing regarding reconciliation in light of the current conflict in Ireland. I wanted to take a look at a very short statement he made in his book The Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke’s Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, Sentiments which it is believed are peculiarly attached to his Present Majesty’s Government, and prove that these Sentiments were not formed under it (2). I would also encourage you to read this piece for yourself as well.

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when thomas paine writes about reconciliation he is referring to

Conclusion: The Role of Reconciliation in Thomas Paine’s Writing

Thomas Paine’s writings on reconciliation represent a great example of language used by the early church to describe and encourage the process of reconciliation. As a Christian, we are called to reconcile ourselves to one another by forgiving one another and showing consideration for one another. We are not only to seek forgiveness from the Lord for our sins against Him, but from our fellow believers as well. Thomas Paine’s writing on reconciliation focuses on the process of reconciling believers and does so in a very Christ-centered way. As he did with other issues in his writing, Paine appeals to the authority of scripture (or at least his interpretation of it) and to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. When we read Paine’s writing on reconciliation carefully, we can learn valuable things about how God’s work might be done among believers.

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when thomas paine writes about reconciliation he is referring to