The Power of Reconciliation

Reconciliation between God and man is necessary, in order to have reconciliation between man and his fellow man.

We hear a lot about the need for reconciliation.  Believers should make this a matter of priority; and, being believers, we should practice this at home, at our workplace, in our neighborhoods, and especially in the church.

“So, from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.  Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.  And, he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf:  Be reconciled to God.”  2 Corinthians 5:16-20 NIV

What does this really mean?

The meaning of reconciliation, is to destroy enmity; to make friendly again.  It means to bring together.

Our sin caused us to be at enmity with God.  God’s nature is to forgive, to restore, to reconcile, with man.  The Bible is very specific about this.  He gave us the ministry of reconciliation, not counting people’s sins against them.  We can never be at peace with God if we are not at peace with each other.

The method of reconciliation is the finished work of Christ on the cross.  We are redeemed by his blood.  Therefore, since God has taken such drastic steps to reconcile us to himself, he has given to all who receive him, the task and responsibility of being reconcilers.

We don’t have a choice, if we are having difficulties with others in the body of Christ, it should be reconciled; no matter what it takes, swallowing our own pride, admitting our wrong, admitting that we are deeply sorry for offending our brother in Christ.

For our church to be a growing church, forgiveness should be the priority.
 
Rick Dorman, Lead Pastor
Royal Haven Church

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