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06/09/2009

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Reconciliation


"His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility" (Eph. 2:16).

The word reconcile is an interesting one. It has the connotation of bringing that which has fallen out of agreement back into a peaceful state. If we live long enough, we will have disagreements with people. Moreover, we will have falling outs with those we love the most. The antidote is this wonderful quality that human beings have....Forgiveness! Forgiveness through love. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7, gives the qualities of perfect love..."Love is; patient and kind...doesn't boast and isn't proud...is not rude or self seeking...isn't easily angered and keeps no records of wrong...Doesn't delight in evil but rejoices with the truth...it always protects, hopes, and perseveres." We should want to live harmoniously because of this love.

As long as humans are involved disagreements will happen and reconciliation should be a goal. But what about our relationship with God? There is a big difference here! We need reconciliation to God only because of something that we did, not God. "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear you" (Isa. 59:2). Because we sin and fall short of our Lord's glory, a reconciliation must take place. Estrangement and alienation from God is man's worst nightmare.

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone and the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.......And He has committed us to the message of reconciliation" (2 Cor. 5: 17-19). When we obey God into salvation, we are reconciled back to Him. We need this reconciliation because of the mistakes we have made. Our reconciliation is through Jesus. He paid the price that we might get back together with the Father. With that in mind, through the Word we are called to and committed to this message of reconciliation. Reading the rest of the chapter we find that we are called to be Christ's ambassadors. Paul says, "We implore you on Christ's behalf: be reconciled to God."

Some more about reconciliation tomorrow....Have a wonderful day...RAK someone today....love mark Phil. 4:11

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