Rule of Life Series: Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:17-20

“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation with us. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.  We implore you of behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

Reconciliation-the restoration of friendly relations, the action of making one view or belief compatible with another, or returning to faith or harmony after conflict.

In the verse above we learn that we are ambassadors of Christ, entrusted with the message of reconciliation. This means that we should be striving to return harmony to broken relationships. We should be seeking ways to repair broken relationships between families, friends, communities, and God. There is a need for reconciliation wherever you go. We are all broken people, human beings with flaws, so we must learn to forgive and seek forgiveness. We must let God into our lives so that his grace and love can restore us.

One of the most critical aspects of reconciliation is listening. We must listen to others, getting to know them and where they come from. We have to learn stories and build deeper relationships. Once we begin to understand those that are different than us then we may begin the process of reconciliation, and this process must be done with gentleness and grace.

Too often today people listen defensively, meaning that they are developing their response while the other person is speaking. This is not really listening, and it will lead nowhere.  There are never-ending arguments and fights occurring on social media, the news, among peers, and on numerous other platforms that are corrupting our minds, and preventing genuine transformation from occurring. This happens too often within the church and among Christ followers as well. It is giving the world a false image of what it means to follow Christ.

Slow down and listen. Build relationships. Work towards reconciliation. Reflect on this idea of reconciliation. Pray about it. This process takes time. It requires patience and persistence. Be encouraged and allow the Spirit of God move.

  • Where is there a need for reconciliation in your life?
  • How can you achieve reconciliation within these broken relationships?
  • What does reconciliation mean to you?
  • Where does this nation, this world, need reconciliation? How can you help?
  • What must change within you so that you can reconcile any broken relationships in you life?

Ask God to guide you as you reflect on these ideas and issues. Be still and listen. We live in a broken world with broken people. Let the Spirit give you strength and encourage you today.

Sometime this week check out these stories of reconciliation. These stories are profound and difficult to grasp, but so powerful. Let them transform you.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/06/magazine/06-pieter-hugo-rwanda-portraits.html?_r=0

 

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