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Reconciled to God

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"All this is from God who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation..." 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Reconciliation occurs when two parties make whatever is wrong between them right. In a spiritual sense, reconciliation first came from God to us when He reconciled us to Himself. He took the things that caused division between us and Him, and made reconciliation possible by dying on the cross and then coming back to life. For those in the faith, we now have the same ability to minister reconciliation to others and that should be normal for us. Be an agent of reconciliation today by forgiving those who've wronged you, and urging others to do the same.

Who in your life today needs to experience reconciliation with God and others?

Ambassadors of Christ

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"and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation..." 2 Corinthians 5:19 

We live in a world that has been broken since sin entered it. With the fall, we lost our ability to abide with the Father, connect with family, and share in the expanding mission to be "fruitful and multiply." Mankind longs to be in a right relationship and to experience these transformational relationships, but the reconciliation that allows this can only come through Jesus Christ. We are ambassadors of Jesus, then, with this message of reconciliation. What is an ambassador? An ambassador is someone who acts as a representative of someone else. An ambassador of the United States, for instance, does one thing speaks on behalf of the President. As Christ' s ambassadors, we speak on behalf of our leader, Jesus Christ, and the message with which we are charged is simply "reconciliation."

Whom do you know in your circle of influence who needs to experience reconciliation? What steps is God initiating in you to be an ambassador of Christ to that person?

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