Reconciliation is Jesus’ main agenda on Earth. We are to seek and save that which is lost (Luke 19:10). Reconciliation begins with you first—by
making sure you are right with
God. Read 1 Corinthians 11:26-32. What are you proclaiming to the world by
partaking of the Lord’s 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 don’t persevere to renew your mind, you will certainly fall back
on destructive patterns (2 Corinthians 12:20, 21).
In order to understand the ministry of reconciliation
you need to know who you are in Christ—who 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. Don’t 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.
Our ministry is that of reconciliation—bringing the
Gospel of peace to men. The Father’s
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
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?
A heart that doesn’t 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 God’s will (James 1:19, 20;
Proverbs 29:8, 11, 22; Ephesians 4:26, 27; Psalm 4:3-5).
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
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 God’s agenda. There will be a time when God’s anger will burn against the
unrighteousness of the world. That is
why you don’t want to associate yourself with the mindset that brings on God’s
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. – Matthew