Theme of the Week: Reconciliation
Bible Verse: For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Romans 5:10
Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-21
Reconciliation is restoration. It assumes that there was a relationship that was broken and has not been mended. Reconciliation doesn’t ignore the offense or downplay the reality of the hurt. Instead, it looks at the offense and takes the appropriate action to restore the relationship.
When it comes to our spiritual life and health, reconciliation begins and ends with God. Our sin created a barrier between us and God, between ourselves, and between us and the place that God created for us to live. Even though we can sin to cause the separation, we cannot remove that barrier. We cannot do anything to atone for the offense that we have caused. We cannot remove the wall that separates us from God.
Reconciliation is something that God must do on our behalf. He did. In Jesus’s perfect life, undeserved, death, resurrection, and ascension, God created the means by which we can be reconciled to Him.
God did not surrender His creation when sin entered the world. Instead, He immediately began a plan to bring all that is His back into a right relationship with Him.
Prayer: God, we are all waiting for the day when all the good that you created is restored. Until that time, thank you for the reconciliation that you have provided to me. Help me to be an agent of reconciliation with and for others.
Reflection: What can you stop or start doing to work for the good of creation?
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