2 Corinthians 5:11-6:13; 2 Kings 18; Micah 7
Reconciliation is a powerful concept. While I have always known that, seeing how reconciliation has changed a country has given me a deeper understanding of reconciliation. Twenty years ago in Rwanda, people were dealing with the aftermath of a horrible genocide. Instead of taking vengeance, the people sought justice. Instead of letting the scars and hurts fester into resentment, anger, and recriminations, the people decided to find a way to reconcile with each other. It is a new country. The people there are amazing. Paul described that concept like this to the Corinthian Church: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-19) How powerful our reconciliation with God is. First, we become a new creation. Sadly, we are still tempted by our old ways and the old issues, but as we grow in our reconciled relationship with God, those temptations fade away. Second, God allows us to take part in sharing this gift of reconciliation with all those around us. Just as we were reconciled with God, we have the ability to share this same reconciliation with others. We do that by forgiving others before the need for forgiveness becomes an issue. We do that by loving others as God has loved us. God searched us out and made the way for reconciliation before we knew we needed it. There are many today who need reconciliation with God. Many know it and don’t recognize that God has made it possible for them to reconcile with Him. Many don’t even know that they need it. Whatever the case may be, we have the ministry of reconciliation to live each day so that others will see and want the reconciliation with God that we have. May our lives always reflect that to a world that needs the reconciling power of Christ.
Oh Lord, the amazing thing about reconciliation is that it isn’t based on what we deserve – it’s based on Your love. Let me reflect Your love to other so much that as people see the joy I have because I have been reconciled to You, that they will want this same reconciliation. May I always show that same spirit of reconciliation to others.