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3rd Feb 2022

Reconciled to be Reconcilers

God is seeking to reconcile all things to Himself through the death & resurrection of Christ.
Christ is the key to finding & experiencing the forgiving love of God.
Forgiveness is the handle that opens the door to reconciliation.
The giving & receiving of forgiveness forges a pathway of peace & builds a road to a better brighter future.


For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him,
whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works,
yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless,
and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast,
and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard,
which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Colossians 1:19-23


Establishing that great hope is what God did for us in sending Christ to die in our place upon Calvary.
He made peace between us & Him. He put things right in, & through, Christ.
Evil, injustice & wrongdoing had to be acknowledged, judged & justice done – it was as Christ bore our sin.
Mercy had to triumph over judgement as the founts of forgiving love flowed deep & wide.
As Christ’s precious blood ebbed out so the forgiving stream of God’s great mercy & love flowed freely.
Our sin & rebellion replaced with His perfect righteousness. Enemies made friends again.
Forgiveness leading to reconciliation & establishing peace & harmony in our relationship with God.
Hallelujah!! What a saviour.

Forgiveness & reconciliation start in, & flow from, the heart.
Joseph & his brothers are a great example (Genesis 42-50).
Forgiveness & reconciliation paving the way for peace & restoration in their relationships.
What was settled in Joseph’s heart flowed out through his attitudes & actions.
His belief affecting every aspect of his behaviour.

God was prepared to move into the neighbourhood of this world & get his hands dirty to clear up our mess (John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:19).
Even more that that He gave His very life to make it happen. That is what the work of reconciliation is like.
It is clearing up the mess that people, places, countries & this planet have made through their repeated rebellion & sin.
It is sharing in the suffering & overcoming through forgiving love. Reconciliation may be tough & time-consuming but it works.
You & I are called to carry on the great reconciling work & process that Christ made possible.
Entrusted as His ambassadors we are equipped & empowered through the Spirit for the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:20).
May God grace us with the patience & perseverance to keep working to bring His peace & Shalom to this planet & it’s people.


For Reflection

  • In what ways has God asked me to get my hands dirty in the work of reconciliation?
  • What are my thoughts & feelings about being ambassadors for Christ & ministers of reconciliation.
  • Where, & with who, am I working for peace?
  • Mediate upon the great power of forgiveness & reconciliation.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the forgiveness & reconciliation we experience ‘In Christ’,
That Your great mercy triumphed over judgement to make us Your friends again.
Through the power & presence of the indwelling Spirit,
Equip & empower us as Your ambassadors to bring your reconciling love to people, places & this planet.
In the mighty name of Jesus,
Amen.

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