To What Extent Do You Love The Gospel of Reconciliation?

“Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.”                          2 Corinthians 5:18-19

As Christ followers, we have all been given the ministry of reconciliation.  We minister the truth that through Christ, God does not count our trespasses against us.  What wonderful freedom, peace, and joy to live in the knowledge of that truth!  This reconciliation is the demonstration of God’s love to His family.  Do you love the gospel of reconciliation?  Let’s see how this relates not only to our relationship with God through Jesus Christ but also how it relates to our relationship with others.

If we say we love the gospel of reconciliation then it follows that we shall not allow any relational collapse to continue endlessly without trying to reconcile.  If we are unwilling to reconcile, then let’s admit the truth to God: His ministry of reconciliation is……meaningless in its effect to us.  We are, in practice, denying the gospel.

The soil of our hearts must be enthusiastic about receiving the word of truth and allowing it to grow and flourish there.  The word ‘soil’ has the meaning of something made up of disintegrated rock (no more stony, stubborn, hard hearts) and other useful things that have been broken down with the purpose of aiding the growth of new seeds (in our case this would be the seed of the Word).  If our hearts are fertile we will expect to produce what Galatians 5 calls the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control).

God gave us His ministry of reconciliation; it is His plan for our lives at every level.  We are to go forth and not only tell others of the wonderful way God has reconciled us to Him through His Son but also allow that all-surpassing power of reconciliation to be manifested in our other relationships as well.  As you have received His reconciliation, also do your part to be reconciled with others.
Let’s also rest in God’s peace.  If we have done all we can to be reconciled and we have no anger or bitterness towards the other person, prayerfully leave it in the Lord’s hands for His outcome and His timing.
May God’s glorious ministry of reconciliation reverberate through ALL His people by the power of HIS love.  Amen.
How will you respond?
∞ Do you actively participate in forgiveness?  Are you willing to lovingly ‘let someone off the hook’ for both your sakes?  Remember:  forgiving someone does not mean you must condone the behavior, it simply means by an act of your will you have chosen ‘to let it go’.  You no longer demand ‘payment’ for their debt.  Jesus gives us the great example in Luke 11:4 as He prays, “And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone in debt to us.”

∞ Write today’s Scripture verse on a 3×5 card and 1) Commit it to memory, 2) Believe it, 3) Repeat it often.  There is power is repeating God’s word!

In His grace,

Amanda

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