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"Be reconciled to God" 2 Corinthians 5:20 is necessary part of the process.

Let's say that we have had a quarrel between us and a friend. We forsake our pride and do whatever needs to be done to break down the barrier, to make it right. But, when we eat this humble pie, our old friend will have none of it. Suppose he looks us in the eye and says, "Look, I've met your kind before. After what you said and did the other day I don't care what you do to make up for it. I'll never call you friend again." What can we do? We have removed the cause of the trouble as far as it is in our power to do so. We have expressed our intention to be friends again. Just as it takes two to quarrel it takes two to reconcile. Reconciliation is available but because one is unwilling there is no reconciliation.

It is the same with God.

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