My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
But I don't like them!
God has called us to a ministry of reconciliation. What does that look like when there are those who have hurt you?
Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
(2 Corinthians 5:18 NASB)
namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not
counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the
word of reconciliation.
(2 Corinthians 5:19 NASB)
What we find in today's scripture is that there is a direct
correlation between our relationships with others and our relationship
with God. Christ could easily have told the Father that He didn't like
those humans! Can you imagine? Humanity had rejected everything that
God, out of His love, had done for them. However, because of that deep
love, God, the Creator, continued to reach out to humanity in a desire
to heal the relationship. Jesus, submitting to the will of the Father,
allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross to provide the pathway for
reconciliation. Our relationship to God can be healed and the things
that we have done to destroy that relationship will no longer be held
against us. And this reconciliation, or restoration of relationships,
is the ministry that God is giving to each and every single one of His
Because we serve a relational God, the enemy comes in and attacks
us at the very level of our relationships. Why not attack us at the
point where God wants to bring the greatest strength! Today we find
relationships at all levels under strain. Why else would the divorce
rate be just as high among believers and non-believers? Because the job
of believers is to become involved in the ministry of reconciliation
and that is about relationships.
There are times in life when we are very hurt over relationships.
The tendency is to "take our toys and go home!" We feel justified in
the fact that we don't like those people and it's okay for us to feel
that way. The truth is that the individual to be harmed the most by
that attitude is you. When you allow feelings of "justifiable
indignation" to grow and to fester in your life your relationship to God
will be harmed. The charge to love God and then to love others is not
simply a nice word of encouragement from the Lord, but rather, it is a
call to healing. When we have human relationships which are broken,
then our relationship to God is also broken. He calls us to a ministry
of reconciliation. For each one of us that may mean something
different, but it also means that we don't harbor bad feelings toward
others. We ask God to heal our hurt and our wounds. We ask God to
reconcile the relationship so that we can be in a right relationship
With whom might we need to be reconciled today? Go to them and begin this ministry to which we all are called.
Lord, please help me today to be an agent of reconciliation. Amen.