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Session 19

Why would I reconcile with God?

Read: 2 Samuel 14:1-24

In 2 Samuel 14:1-24, the wise widow helped David see that his actions did not reflect the heart of God.

2 Samuel 14:14 (NIV 84) tells us, “God does not take away life, but instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.” God is always working to bring “banished” people — people who are far from God — closer to Himself. 

Reconciliation is restoring a relationship after a fight or disagreement. Reconciliation is a gift from God. In His grace, God has given us through Jesus’ death and resurrection a way to be reconciled to Him. 

God did not wait on us to recognize our need for Him. He saw our need and loved us enough to give us a way to Him through Jesus’ death on the cross. 

God did not wait on us to recognize our need for Him. He saw our need and loved us enough to give us a way to Him.

Reconciliation is available to everyone; it is up to us to accept His gift.

How to accept God’s gift of reconciliation:

  • It starts with salvation. By confessing that Jesus is Lord and believing He was raised from the dead we are saved and promised eternal life. Salvation delivers us from sin and allows us to be in a relationship with God (Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9). 
  • For those who are already saved, reconciliation comes through repentance. Repentance is confessing any sin to the Lord, expressing our remorse, and asking for forgiveness. Jesus paid for our sin and promises to forgive us (Romans 5:1).  
  • Finally, following Jesus and being good stewards of the gift of reconciliation means learning to surrender. Surrender is submitting to Jesus in everything, learning to listen to Him and do what He says  (Romans 12:1).

Reflect:

  • Do you feel “banished” from God? In what way?
  • Have you accepted God’s gift of reconciliation?
  • God is working to bring you close to Him. What is one step you can take today toward reconciliation through salvation, repentance or surrender?  

1

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

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2

Respecting someone after they hurt you

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3

When following God, always ask for directions

When following God, always ask for directions

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4

Does God call us to quit?

Does God call us to quit?

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5

Has your anger gone too far?

Has your anger gone too far?

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6

What “they” say doesn’t matter

What “they” say doesn’t matter

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7

Why waiting is worth it

Why waiting is worth it

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8

Why should I ask God what to do?

Why should I ask God what to do?

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9

Sing like no one is listening

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10

God always has a better plan

God always has a better plan

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11

Why would God choose me?

Why would God choose me?

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12

What is the secret to success?

What is the secret to success?

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13

Come out of the shadows

Come out of the shadows

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14

A life of harmony or hostility

A life of harmony or hostility

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15

What popcorn can teach you about sin

What popcorn can teach you about sin

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16

Did you hear what she did last night?!

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17

Is God fair?

Is God fair?

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18

The difference between love and lust

The difference between love and lust

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19

Why would I reconcile with God?

Why would I reconcile with God?

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20

Is the work of discipline worth it?

Is the work of discipline worth it?

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21

How do you know who to trust?

How do you know who to trust?

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22

Choose your battles wisely

Choose your battles wisely

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23

How to handle the haters

How to handle the haters

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24

Pride: a fatal flaw

Pride: a fatal flaw

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25

Do you act before you think?

Do you act before you think?

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26

Getting over the grip of grief

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27

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

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28

Your words can ease the tension

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29

Is God your last resort?

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30

How do you feel about God?

How do you feel about God?

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31

How to praise God in all circumstances

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32

Waiting for a leader worth following?

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33

What you need to lead others well

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34

How to fight with God’s strength

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35

God’s character revealed

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