Monday, October 26, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Devotion

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

11Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
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.

Quick Notes
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.

Quick Questions

Are you willing to die to allow others to live, so that the pursuit of reconciliation can happen? Why or why not?

Quick Prayer

Lord, forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Amen.

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