What Missionaries Ought to know about Reconciliation

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What Missionaries Ought to know… does not mean that the author sat down and decided what missionaries ought to know, but that missionaries themselves asked about these topics. During the author’s 35 years of college teaching he learned that if one person asks a question, others probably want to know the same thing—and if two people ask, it was certainly a topic that others need to know about. These are things missionaries need to know because several missionaries have asked about each of them at one time or another.

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Resource Description


After a serious disagreement with other missionaries, you have settled your differences. You have asked for, received, and granted forgiveness, but something still seems wrong. Although you do not sense any anger in the relationship, your friendship is not the same as it was before. Forgiveness literally means to “give up” or “give away.” The dictionary defines it as “to give up resentment against” someone. That is a necessary first step in reconciliation-but much more is possible. Let us see what we can do, how we do it, and what are some possible results.

What does “maundy” mean?

Just before Easter Sunday we observe Maundy Thursday. Many people have no idea what “maundy” means. It comes from the Latin mande, meaning “mandate” or “command,” from Jesus words in John 13:34. At that time he was talking with people he had poured his life into during their time of orientation and training. They had three years ministry experience in their passport culture, had some short-term home mission experience, and were about to enter cross-cultural ministry. They were people who had affirmed their devotion and vowed to die for him but would soon doubt, deny, and forsake him.

His Maundy Thursday mandate (command) to them was “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Today, as then, people fulfilling the Great Commission (making disciples of all nations) must be recognized as his disciples. However, there would soon be dissention among Jesus’ disciples that would necessitate forgiveness and reconciliation.


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