Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV

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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, another series of constitutional conferences resulted in the Canada Act 1982, the patriation of Canada’s constitution from the United Kingdom, concurrent with the creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Canada had finally established complete sovereignty as an independent country under its own monarchy. Constitutional discussions continued, however, as attempts to accommodate Quebec nationalism constitutionally through the Meech Lake Accord took place. The Accord ultimately failed, however, in 1990.

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There is nothing more rewarding than being restored to someone with whom we’ve had a separation. I love hearing stories of married couples who have separated, and maybe even divorced, who are reconciled. I’ve seen examples of complete restoration in churches that have been divided into two or more factions. The Bible contains many examples of God reconciling relationships. We have a record of two letters that the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, a church suffering from schisms and factions. At the end of his second letter, in 2 Corinthians 13:11, he makes this plea: “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” Jesus knew that there would be challenges within the Body of Christ. That’s why in John 17 He prayed that we might be one as He and the Father are one. Paul speaks boldly here, calling for complete restoration between followers of Christ. If there is something between you and another follower of Christ, pray that the Lord would give you wisdom in knowing what you can do to bring about full, complete restoration.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley