January 22, 2021
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. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:17
A key word here is reconciliation. Reconciliation is the act of changing a once damaged relationship into to a harmonious one. It is the act of making right. For example, these verses talk about how God reconciled us to himself through Christ. By sending his only Son to die on the cross to save us from our sins, he reconciled our relationship with him. No longer are we bound by our sins. This passage continues, saying that we have been given the ministry of reconciliation. We are to spread to those around us the same reconciliation given to us.
I challenge you today to take a few minutes to think about what reconciliation means to you. What does it look and feel like? And finally, how can you bring the same reconciliation that you were so graciously given, out into the world?