Daily Devotion - December 23, 2020 - Reconciled

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – December 23, 2020
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Weekly Theme: All Things New
Today: Reconciled

I love reconciliation stories! Nothing warms my heart better than to hear of two people who come back together and resolve their differences after parting ways due to something that caused them to drift apart. In the Christmas Carol, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, the writers of the lyrics, Charles Wesley and George Whitefield, refer to today’s passage from 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, and connect it with the angels singing praise after the birth of Christ (recorded in Luke 2). This song reminds us, lest we forget, that God sent his Son into the world to reconcile us to God... to bridge the gap between us and God which was created when the original sin of disobedience entered the world.

Jesus was born and lived on the earth for 33 years to show us what reconciliation looks like. Then he was arrested, crucified, died, was buried and rose from the dead to conquer sin and death so that we might be at one with God. God told the pious people demanding the stoning of the adulterous woman, to let he who is guilty cast the first stone. As people who are reconciled, Jesus teaches us to also be reconciled with others to show us what it means to witness about the reconciling grace of God in our interactions with others. Just as each of us who have been reconciled with Christ have been forgiven and acknowledge our redemption and reconciliation with God through Christ, we should seek reconciliation with others.

Sadly, sometimes it seems that the church does not reflect reconciliation. Sometimes, It seems we are so busy looking for faults and sins in others that we forget what today’s passage is telling us... which is, as Christians, to model and bring about reconciliation with each other. People have left churches because someone in the church said something that offended them and never took the time to notice it, let alone to extend the gift of reconciliation that God offers to us. God gifted us through Christ with reconciliation and as such we should be committed to sharing and modeling the message of reconciliation with others. Is there a need for reconciling in your life, your family, your friendships, or your church? If so, please pray for God to move you through the power of the Holy Spirit to extend the gift of reconciliation to whomever you need to. Ask God to also make you aware of anyone that you may have wronged in the past, whether intentionally or not, and reach out to them with the message of reconciliation and a genuine desire to make things right.

Dear God, thank you so much for the gift of reconciliation that you have made available to us by sending Jesus to model reconciling acts through his ministry on earth and through his death for our sins on the cross. Help us to realize that as we receive the gift of reconciliation, we should extend it to those who need and desire reconciliation. And help us examine ourselves to see with whom we may need to reconcile. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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