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Reconciliation: The True Path to Healing and Salvation

Someone has already shown the way to a harmonious relationship with not only our Creator, but also our fellow men and women. So where and how do we start on this path to reconciliation?

by John Ross Schroeder

As human beings, we were created to develop deep, long-lasting relationships with one another. When those bonds are severed through misunderstandings and perhaps abuse, we feel incomplete, isolated and without purpose.

But how does one begin the healing process? Human empathy can prove very helpful and is often essential to positive progress. The one providing the empathy, however, is sometimes limited in his or her capacity to completely understand and identify with the wounded spirit. King Solomon wrote, "The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?" (Proverbs 18:14).

Who will help us?

So who should be our ultimate comforter and helper? Who can transcend the limited scope of human help? Who can encourage us out of our dejections and point us toward the healing and salvation we desire?

The truest consolation available comes from an individual always willing to help, One who Himself has experienced painful rejection and even betrayal. The Scriptures show that He was "rejected by men" and "a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3). He even knew what it was like to face rejection by His own people. "He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him" (John 1:11).

Knowledge of this "Man of sorrows" who is unique among all who have ever lived—understanding that He suffered the most brutal sort of rejection and betrayal and successfully overcame them—can bring us much closer to the healing we are seeking.

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