WFT- reconcile

22 January 2009

The Merriam-Webster word of the day for January 22nd was reconcile.  Here is the definition:

1 a : to restore to friendship or harmony b : settle, resolve 2 : to cause to submit to or accept something unpleasant 3 a : to check (a financial account) against another for accuracy b : to account for

Some very obvious references can be made with Scripture.  Here is the etymology:

"Adapt," "adjust," "accommodate," "conform," and "reconcile" all mean to bring  one thing into agreement with another. "Adapt" implies a modification according  to changing circumstances ("they adapted to the warmer climate"). "Adjust"  suggests bringing something into a close and exact correspondence or harmony  ("we adjusted the budget to allow for inflation"). "Accommodate" may suggest  yielding or compromising to form an agreement ("he accommodated his political  beliefs in order to win"). "Conform" suggests coming into accordance with a  pattern, example, or principle ("she refused to conform to society's values").  "Reconcile" implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things  that seem to be incompatible ("I tried to reconcile what he said with what I  knew").


For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; - Romans 8:29

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:2

Reconciliation was the primary task of Messiah's first coming:

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. - Romans 5:10

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, - 2 Corinthians 5:18

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  - 2 Corinthians 5:20

Now that we have been reconciled to G-d through Messiah Yeshua we can now do the good works [mitzvot] we were created for:

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.  - Ephesians 2:10

All glory, praise, and honor to Him who has saved us and redeemed us through the Messiah Yeshua.  Amen.

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