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Text Box: Reconciliation & Worship
 

 

Text Box: (Matthew 5:23-26 NIV)  Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.  Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.  I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
 
(2 Corinthians 5:18-20 NIV)  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 men'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.
 
(Colossians 3:15 NIV)  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
 
(Proverbs 15:1 NIV)  A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
 
 

Text Box: Jesus shared with the Samaritan woman at the well:
 
(John 4:21-24 NIV)  Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
 
One of the easiest ways to determine whether or not we are pleasing God in our worship, is by the way we treat one another. Our love for each other is proof of our love for God.  Similarly, if we are not able to make an honest attempt at reconciling ourselves with, not only brethren but, even with our adversaries, then our worship of God means nothing.  The slightest attitude you show that can hinder the reconciliation process may cost you your very life and soul, as Jesus indicates in Matthew 5:26.
 
(Proverbs 6:16-19 NIV)  There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
 
Those who are unwilling to work out reconciliation and remain unyielding are destined to perish:
 
(Proverbs 29:1 NIV)  A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy. 
 
Being divisive and unyielding is the opposite of loving (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).  Jesus said the world would know we are His disciples by how we love one another--by how we are being patient, gentle, kind, unselfish, trusting, forgiving, and protecting each other (John 13:34, 35).  How can we claim to be one with God if we are not being one with each other (John 17:20-23)?  How could the world believe in God unless we are totally reconciled and united, without bickering, grumbling or complaining against each other?  Our worship becomes vain if attitudes and lack of humility toward each other compromise our love.  The principle of reconciliation is the very center of our worship of the Lord God.  Our true and spiritual act of worship through active reconciliation is the fruit of a mind that is being renewed in Christ and cleansed of the world (Romans 12:1-3).  Alienation and dissention, whether practiced actively or passively, are fruits of the fleshóleaving their satanic, rotting stench in churches that have long abandoned their worship of the Almighty.
 

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Text Box: Reconciliation & Worship
 

QUIET TIMES

 

 

MONDAY

Reconciliation is Jesusí main agenda on Earth.We are to seek and save that which is lost (Luke 19:10).Reconciliation begins with you firstóby making sure you are right with God.Read 1 Corinthians 11:26-32.What are you proclaiming to the world by partaking of the Lordís supper?Why should you examine yourself before partaking of this?Read Psalm 139:23, 24.Can you begin to be on the path to reconciliation with anybody if there is any offensive way in you?Read also 2 Corinthians 13:5.What should you look for when you examine yourself in the light of the love of Christ?A good way to begin would be by asking yourself if you are making someone else, or yourself, work harder than necessary to achieve unity.Do you find yourself going back to old patterns and ways of thinking?Make sure your heart is not leading you astray!If you donít persevere to renew your mind, you will certainly fall back on destructive patterns (2 Corinthians 12:20, 21).

 

TUESDAY

In order to understand the ministry of reconciliation you need to know who you are in Christówho you have become when you were born again.Always remember that you died with Christ when you were baptized and a new person emerged, fashioned in the image of Christ (Romans 6:3-9).Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:10.How are you to think about yourself and others in Christ?Can you be an effective ambassador if you maintain a worldly point of view? Verses 3 through 10 describe how our way of thinking should be as servants of Christ.Read Ephesians 4:22-5:11. Again, you see the theme of newness being addressed from a practical point of view.Donít we need to be reminded of these things every day?Verse 25 in this passage really gets to the heart of the matter.Can you be an effective peacemaker without loving sincerely?How does your speech impact your peacemaking?What are some things to watch for in how you speak and what you speak about with others?Read Colossians 3:1-17.Here are more scriptures on newness of attitude!All these verses teach us about the attitude of holiness within us, who believe that Jesus has made us new.All these passages have to do with the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-21) as opposed to continuing to conform to the flesh (1 John 2: 15-17) and the world.

 

WEDNESDAY

Our ministry is that of reconciliationóbringing the Gospel of peace to men.The Fatherís business was to seek and find the lost (Luke 19:10; Luke 15; Acts 17:24-31).Jesus is the shepherd who leads us into life everlasting (John 10:1-18).Our mission is to spread this message, so that other may join the sheep pen.Read Romans 10:14-17.How are we to teach?Read Matthew 28:19, 20.Rather than wasting our time bickering about our desires, if we are focused on our task at hand we may avoid tearing up each other because of sins deceitfulness (Romans 14:13; 15:7; Galatians 5:13-18).†† When you are indulging in your flesh, is your mind in reconciliatory mode?

 

THURSDAY

A heart that doesnít first seek reconciliation with the Lord cannot worship in Spirit and truth.Worship of God requires transparency.†† It also requires a desire for discipline and rebuke (a hunger and thirst for righteousness).†† Check out Proverbs 12:1; 15:12; Hebrews 12:5-14.Read 1 Peter 1:14-16.What kind of children are we to be?Can we really be children of God if we conform to our evil desires?†† Is your desire to be holy like your Lord?Do you love being disciplined?Love confessing your sins so that you may be in fellowship with Jesus and cleansed by His blood (1 John 1:5-10)!When we refuse to let go of our old ways and we lie about it, or conceal it, we are walking in darkness.Anger and bitterness cloud our sense and desire for transparency.When your anger burns against someone and you desire vengeance, you are not walking according to your ambassadorship.Your anger cannot accomplish and will not accomplish Godís will (James 1:19, 20; Proverbs 29:8, 11, 22; Ephesians 4:26, 27; Psalm 4:3-5).

 

FRIDAY

The nature of God is to make peace. If we call ourselves sons of God, wearing His name, we are to be reconciliatory. See 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. ††In everything the peacemakers seeks to capture his and other's hearts to Christ, the Prince of Peace (2 Corinthians 10:5).People will see God in us because when we love we become like Jesus was in the world (1 John 4:17). Vengeance is the exact opposite of Godís agenda.There will be a time when Godís anger will burn against the unrighteousness of the world.That is why you donít want to associate yourself with the mindset that brings on Godís wrath, unless you too want to be consumed (Colossians 3:5, 6; 2 Peter 3:7-14). Since we know what the wrath of God does, we then need to make sure we are walking in the light so we may be able to persuade men to be reconciled to the Lord as well (2 Corinthians 5:10, 11).This is doing the will of the Father in Heaven!

 

First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. Ė Matthew 5:24

 

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