2 Corinthians 5 … the old has gone, the new has come.
Becoming a Christian is a miracle of epic proportions. The bible describes us as a “New Creation”. In other words God recreates new spirits within us, new natures that can now do things we could not do before. We can now know Him, love Him, communicate with Him. As new creatures we have been given a new life.
Many well meaning people today are passionate about “reconciliation” that is the bringing together of people who were formally opposed to each other. This is a good thing to do but what we need to understand is that the problem of broken relationships is rooted in the brokenness of the most important relationship of all – our relationship with God. Paul tells us that “God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. “2 Corinthians 5 v 20.” So God has taken the first initiative, the truly massive step of reconciling us to Himself. He does this through Christ’s death on the Cross, but that is not all. Now we are told “And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” So our role in society can be described as “reconciliation”. First we have the Gospel so that people may be reconciled to God, then once they are reconciled to Him, we work with them to reconcile them to their enemies.
That will involve discipling people exhorting them, teaching them, encouraging them and standing with them. That is what the new life does. It automatically seeks to fix the things that are broken, including our souls and spirits and old relationships in which we are involved.
Are you reconciled to all those who have issues with you? Do you want to help others with their problems?
Prayer: O God, our great Heavenly Reconciler. Thank you for reconciling us to you in Christ. Help us to live in newness of life encouraging others to trust in you and to live in peace with all people. Amen.