Study 19

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…” 2 Corinthians 5:18

There are many sales out there today, but God is having a one that’s better than the rest. Through Christ, God is reconciling every believer to himself for free!! There is no Sunday ad or e-mailed coupon that you will need – just a heart that is ready to surrender itself.

Since that first fateful sin, God has longed for his people to be reconciled back to Him. I love Merriam-Webster’s definition of reconcile, “to restore to friendship or harmony.” We can definitely say we fell out of harmony with God when we took what He said to us in the garden, and did the opposite. The fact that our ancestors sinned and we have too, automatically puts us in a position where we need grace. It’s hard for people to accept that they are sinners and have messed up. It is also hard for people to understand why they need something they cannot even see or touch!

Once a person understands and fully accepts God’s position in their life, a strange thing happens: they are filled with peace and love. They have, through Christ’s death on the cross, been forgiven and life no longer seems burdensome, pointless and unfair. A glorious future in heaven now waits for them.

The gift of reconciliation then must be passed on. For each person who has been reconciled to God, that person now must be reconciled with his/her brothers and sisters. Asking for forgiveness and restoring broken relationships is the automatic response for a heart that has received pardon. Being forgiven and forgiving others sets us free to be all that we were meant to be.

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