Mediation Part One

Jesus is our mediator. What does this mean? In order to understand this, we have to define this.

 

-Mediation is the intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation.

 

-A mediator is an outside agent brought in to produce a change or compromise between opposing individuals. Through effective communication, the mediator aids in reconciling differences.

 

The Old Testament Hebrew word for mediator is lits. It means literally “to make mouths at.” “To interpret” or “intercede.”

 

“If there is an angel on his side as a mediator…

to tell a man what is right for him, to be

gracious to him and say, ‘Spare him from going

down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him.”

Job 33:23-24

 

The New Testament Greek word for mediator is mesites, which means “go-between,” by implication, “a reconciler.” [Strong, Strong’s Greek Lexicon.]

 

“There is one God and one mediator between

God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

1 Timothy 2:5

 

-Types of mediators

 

Scientific

An outside chemical agent introduced into a chemical or biological process to produce change.

 

Professional

An unbiased individual who is engaged to bring agreement to a relationship (lawyer, counselor, crisis intervention expert or professional mediator.

 

Personal

Friend or family member who authentically cares for each individual. This individual and relies on the Holy Spirit to help clarify communication and reveal truth.

 

Jesus Christ, the one and only Mediator between a Holy God and sinful mankind.

 

-Goals of a mediator

1. unconditional acceptance of each other

2. mutual forgiveness

3. fair and honest communication

4. insight into personal value and worth

 

Biblical Example of Mediation

 

Abigail

1 Samuel 25:2-42

Abigail’s ministry of reconciliation concerns David and Nabal who is her husband. Nabal is a wealthy landowner. He refuses David’s request for food and shelter. He speaks insults at David and his army. Abigail takes the position of mediator. Abigail cools David’s revenge by serving David and his men a meal fit for a king. She then appeals to David’s sense of godly leadership convincing him to refrain from taking vengeance…an act which ultimately belongs to the Lord. Her arguments and actions portray the wisdom that is needed to be an effective mediator.

 

“Then David accepted from her hand what she

had brought him and said, ‘Go home in peace. I have

heard your words and granted your request.'”

1 Samuel 25:35

 

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