2 Corinthians 5:17-19 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
The verse this morning speaks of reconciliation. First reconciled to our Father through Jesus Christ and then sent to reconcile others to Himself. Accepting the salvation/reconciliation through Jesus Christ is easy. Being able to reconcile/forgive others seems a bit more challenging.
Many things hinder us. The proper knowledge of God’s character, His promises, His love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness can help us understand how we can do something that is not within our nature.
Some have been hurt deeply. The holidays seem to magnify the emotions and even blow them out of proportion overtaking some.
This Lord’s day is unique for some. Some have experienced the loss of jobs, homes, friends, and loved ones this year. This holiday season seems to magnify the loss and cause some to give in to defeat, disappointment, and depression.
These and many others trigger bad behavior. For some, it causes them to run to the world for comfort. Some allow their depression and doubt to open the door to addictive behavior. It is then we need to take stock and find the quickest path to God.
To know that our past, present, and future sins are forgiven can give us the freedom to light the path for others.
But to indeed apply the reconciliation we receive from our Father can be a daunting task when we don’t feel like it. That is where God’s Word must guide our hearts to a better place.
If you are saved, you are a new creature. You have a new nature. Your spirit is alive that was once dead. You are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God, who promises to lead us and guide us into all truth.
The church you attend can only do so much. What matters most is the closeness of our walk with God.
We are all at some point in that walk. To compare ourselves with others is unwise. So, the better part of wisdom is to singularly get with God for Him to light the path He desires us to take.
A true friend will be the one to walk alongside us no matter the challenges we face. Yet, we often forget our Savior will stick closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
Jesus is our Advocate – the One who goes to God for us on our behalf.
1 John 2:1-2 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
No matter what battle we face, we can know that God already knows the outcome. We can go into any trial, any struggle, or any confrontation with confidence.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
Today, in your church, it is my prayer that your pastor has something that will speak directly to your heart. You can never hear it if you do not attend. You cannot receive it if you do not prepare. You will not see success if you don’t submit to obey what you hear.
God’s gift of salvation is free. Most of the promises in His Word come by an action on our part and His fulfilling His part. We must purpose to do what God tells us is already done – once we obey.