Reconciliation | NOUN |rec·on·cil·i·a·tion | re-kən-ˌsi-lē-ˈā-shən|
The restoration of positive relationship; the bringing of peace and/or harmony; the act of becoming friendly again.
Could there be anything more challenging in today’s world? Consider the state of global relations: there is war, violence and terror based on differences in government, religion, freedoms, land disputes, ethnicity, and grudges going back, in some cases, hundreds or even thousands of years. Here in our own country we have riots, violence and demonstrations over differences in race, polictical party, religion, socio-economic class, citizenship status, and so much more. Even in families there is bitter conflict that ends, not with reconciliation, but in the fracturing of marriages and parents with their children. Even in the church resentments, hurt feelings, minor doctrinal differences, and even decorating choices cause division and a lack of unity.
In our world, I believe, there is nothing more necessary than “reconciliation”. Fortunately, God took the first step towards reconciliation. It was God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, not counting our sins against us. And more than that, because of what He has done, his mission for us is to do the same. Look how Paul explained the purpose of the church to Christians in Corinth: “God gave us the ministry of reconciliation and He has committed to us His message of reconciliation. The power of these two verses is that first, God demonstrated reconciliation for us and towards us. We see in Him that reconciliation places value on relationship and requires both love and sacrifice. Second, we see that our ministry, our mission, our purpose on this earth is to be an inundating fountain of reconciliation. We best fulfill our mission of bringing people to reconciliation to God by being a people who reconciles with others here.
We will never be truly successful in reconciling the world to God through Christ if we cannot figure out how to reconcile ourselves with our families, with our brethren, with all those who call themselves “Christian”, and with everyone who is racially, politically, sexually, legally, or economically different from ourselves. After all our reconciliation to God occurred while we were still His enemies.
Romans 5:10 | …while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son…
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 | All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling[a] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.