Key Verse ~ Reconciliation
Reconciliation is the death of hostility.
Between God and people Jesus did the work of making reconciliation a gift available to deal with the hostility of people toward God. Our enmity towards God has been dealt with from God’s perspective; Jesus is our peace.
12remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
Between people reconciliation is the death of hostility. Getting there requires truth, an honest assessment of the reality of the relationship and the conditions that brought it to such disrepair, anger, and grief. Reconciliation cannot be hurried. It takes time. But it it also seems to me to require an alternate source for strength, courage, honesty, and forgiveness.