Forgiveness is hard, both to give and to receive. Reconciliation can be tough and ugly. But it’s worth it, because Jesus did it and modeled it for us first.
Pray: that you would understand to a greater degree what it means to be a new creation in Christ and as such, a minister of reconciliation
Read: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Applications: Ask yourself–What does it mean to you to be a new creation? Beyond all of the typical caterpillar to butterfly analogies, what does it mean to you, personally, that you are no longer your old self, but you are made new through Jesus dying on the cross for you?
Man, the gospel never ceases to amaze me (and I pray that it never will!). God looked down on us, His lost and broken children, and chose to save us and reconcile us to Himself through the craziest sacrifice in history–His only Son, Jesus Christ. When we’re wondering what reconciliation looks like, all we have to do is look to the cross, where every sin was paid for so that we could stand before God, completely and utterly forgiven. When we’re wondering why or how we need to forgive others or reconcile ourselves to others (or vice versa), all we need to do is look to the cross. It is only when we realize and grasp the weight of Jesus reconciling us to God Himself, despite all of our stupidity and nastiness, that we can embrace and deliver the message of reconciliation that God has entrusted to us. It is a difficult but beautiful one indeed.
Pray: Ask the Holy Spirit for help in first reconciling to God any beef, anything that you’re still holding onto with Him. Ask Him also to gently guide you to whoever you still need to forgive, that you can do it wholeheartedly and willingly, out of joy and obedience and not simply out of obligation