In being reconciled to God, you can't have one without the other.
In human relationships, you can.
What Joseph really wanted to know was if his brothers had genuinely repented of their sin.
There is deep pain in being the forgiver as well as the one who needs to be forgiven.
Repentance= Turning around and going in a different direction.
For reconciliation to happen:
1. Sin needs to be confronted.
2. Realize that there are consequences to sinful actions.
God will test our repentance.
We need to reaffirm our forgiveness.
Forgiveness is a decision you make, not a feeling you have.
II Corinthians 5:14-19- “He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”