Part 1: How Does Reconciliation Differ From Forgiveness, and Why Does It Matter?
Reconciliation and forgiveness are similar, and they are so interrelated that sometimes we can confuse the two.
Reconciliation goes beyond forgiveness. It assumes a broken relationship. When we forgive someone, there’s no guarantee that we will have a restored relationship. Yes, we may say we’ve forgiven them, but we remain estranged. Reconciliation, however, rekindles the relationship.
Forgiveness may be one-sided, but reconciliation requires willing parties on both sides.
That’s easier said than done, but it is vital to our well-being. If we’re unwilling to forgive others, then we have no reason to expect that God will forgive us.
Reconciliation with God, family members and friends in this broken world is our ultimate need.
Join Dr. Lela Lewis and her guests, Dr. Zeno Charles-Marcel and Pastor John Lomacang, for this inspirational and healing topic. Let’s discover the essence of forgiveness and reconciliation and improve our health, relationships and spirituality.
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MEET THE HOST
Lela Lewis, MD, MPH, a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, is the medical director of AWR360° Health. She also serves as the president of Your Best Pathway to Health, leading a team that provides free medical clinics across the United States. Dr. Lewis is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist in Arizona and with more than 19 years of experience in the medical field.
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Dr. Zeno Charles-Marcel currently serves as vice president of medical affairs at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He is board certified in internal medicine with a further qualification in geriatric medicine. Professional activities range from clinical preventive medicine to critical care practice, hospital administration, community health, medical education and research. He is currently the vice president for medical affairs at Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital, editor in chief of the Journal of Health & Healing, and holds academic appointments at both the University of Montemorelos and Loma Linda University.
Pastor John Lomacang is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in his 34th year of ministry, and is also the director of world evangelism for Three Angels Broadcasting Network. He has been a singer, writer, evangelist and certified marriage counselor. Pastor Lomacang presented 4 Anchors of Truth, a series on 3ABN that included the topics of “Unclean Spirits” and “Unclean Spirits Unplugged” (investigating the occult and the entertainment industry).