Reconcile ~ Repair ~ Restore
Isaiah 58:11 says, “Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”
A breach was aptly described in Ezekiel:22:30 which says, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”
Strong’s definition for a gap: a break, or breach; especially a gap in a wall. Gaps or breaches in relationships need to be repaired. First though, hearts need to be reconciled before the repair process can begin. The gap begins through an unresolved offense. The gap widens as the offended one refuses to forgive. Continued unforgiveness widens the gap.
Song of Solomon 2:15 says, “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.” ‘Little foxes’ can be irritations, slights, slander, or gossip. They can also be from resisting the grace of God. Hebrews 12:15 says, “Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.”
An unresolved issue is hidden sin. Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” If you have unanswered prayer I encourage you to examine your heart before the Holy Spirit. Only He knows what is hidden. The bitterness in buried emotional pain feeds into our thought processes, contaminating us and those around us.
Hidden sin breaks our fellowship with the Lord. Confessed sin restores that relationship. 1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Confession brings reconciliation which is the first building block in the process towards restoration. Reconciliation begins to close the gap to repair the breach, and then full restoration can take place. Jesus died to reconcile us to God. When we ‘die’ to what we are harboring in our heart against God or another, His cleansing blood removes the stain of sin, and restores that broken fellowship.