BE RECONCILED TO GOD

BE RECONCILED TO GOD

Is there any family portrayed in scripture that doesn’t have issues? Cain killed Able. Ishmael taunted Isaac. Jacob deceived Esau and had to run for his life. Jacobs’s sons killed a whole village of men. Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery because of their jealousy. David took another mans wife. His son raped his daughter. And because David didn’t do anything about it, her brother, Absalom, killed the brother that raped her. Latter Absalom would usurp the kingdom from David and ultimately die for his rebellion. Even Jesus didn’t live in a perfect family. During His ministry his family thought He was crazy and we are told that even his own brothers and sisters didn’t believe in Him. We would all love for our families to be the peaceful, uplifting, kind hearted people we see in Hallmark movies, but the reality is, many of our families resemble those that we see in the bible. Why is this the case?

At issue here is the fact that all families are made up of sinners: people who live for themselves and not for God. Therefore we shouldn’t be surprised that every family that has ever existed, and will exist, deals with issues on one level or another. What we need to ask is how can we overcome those issues? Jesus Christ!

In Romans 7 Paul is talking about his struggles with sin. Though he desires to do right, the reality is he often caters to his sinful passions. He wants to live for God, but he always succumbs to himself. At one point he cries out in desperation, “Who will rescue me from the body of sin and death?” To which he replies, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

The truth is every family is dysfunctional because every human being is dysfunctional. But Jesus has set us free from succumbing to the sin that breed’s dysfunction. Read what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5 paying particular attention to verses 14-21. These verses describe what the person who puts their trust in Jesus becomes.

  1. The true Christian is someone who is now controlled by the love of God and not by his sinful, self-centered passions.

“Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.” (2 Corinthians 5:14, NLT)

2. The true Christian now lives to please God.

He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” (2 Corinthians 5:15, NLT)

3. The true Christian is no longer who he was

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT)

4. The true Christian is reconciled to God and tells others they can be reconciled to God and to each other.

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:18–20, NASB95)

The word reconciliation implies that there has been a rift in a relationship. The rift is between God and us. He created us for Himself, yet we live to please ourselves. The result is a rift between one another at different levels. Marriages break up, children fight and families are destroyed, because at the heart of each rift is a self-centered person who can only live for themselves.

            The good news is we don’t have to live at war with one another. Submit your life to God and be reconciled to Him so that He can begin to reconcile you to your family. Once you have died to yourself, you can more clearly see the needs of others and live for Christ by loving them as He did with that agape, unconditional love that moves people into a place of hope and of peace.

            Will you be reconciled to Him today?

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Friday, 15 December 2017