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12/19/2014

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Reconciliation God's Way


"All this is from God, who reconciled Himself to us through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Cor.5:18).

This whole series about forgiveness has been pointing toward one thing... Reconciliation... Here again, we battle the conventional world view that places the responsibility of reconciliation on the one who has offended. Here is the best and most important part... God's grace places this duty on the one who has been offended! Look at today's verse. When God grants forgiveness to us, it is He who brings the reconciliation to the relationship.... "All this is from God, who reconciled Himself to us through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation." To our utter amazement, God forgave us and through Christ reconciled us to Himself. He then gave us a ministry... A ministry of reconciliation. We who have been offended have been given the privilege of being ministers of God to the one who has offended us. Not just a responsibility, but a privilege! Why? "But thanks be to God, who in Christ leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads to fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere..." (2 Cor.2:14) God leads us in a triumphal procession as His ministers. We have overcome the evil one... We have become the triumphal ones, because we did not let Satan win... The beauty of all this is that Satan thrives on conflict, separation, division and destroyed relationships. When real reconciliation happens, he has once again been defeated... Its a big win. One final whiff of the aroma on Monday...

Have a wonderful day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil.4:11

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