Tuesday, October 27, 2009
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
16So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that 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. 20We 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. 21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Christ's love compels us. It compels us to make reconciliation with those where brokenness abounds. Brokenness leads to death whereas reconciliation leads to life. Christ was broken ultimately on the cross that our brokenness could be reconciled. He allowed himself to die that we may live.
Are you willing to die to allow others to live, so that the pursuit of reconciliation can happen? Why or why not?
Lord, forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Amen.