So, we have stopped evauating others from a human point of view...anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! This is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So, we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, "Come back to God!"
2 Corinthians 5: 16-20
I began thinking about reconciliation's purpose, including my own reconciliation with others. My motivation for reconciliation has been only because of my own hurting heart. What if my motivation was another's reconciliation with God or, better yet, for the glorification of this intent for reconciliation: to return people back to him. Would I proceed differently? Would I see the stakes as higher than just my own relief? More importantly, how could I do this without seeming high and mighty, but, instead, humble and lowly?
How do I get over my hurting heart? Did I have the wrong expectations of my relationships? I do I make sure my motivations are God's?
My confession would be, Lord, change me. Help me to facilitate reconciliation of others to you and not just to me. Not for me. Not even for them, but for you. Because you paid a high price.
For God made Christ, who never sinned to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right (reconciled and righteous) with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21
This reconciliation effort is not to assuage my guilt when my conflict with them has created barriers. I need to push through the hurt I hold due to our differences. Instead I administer the same grace that was offered me, the only avenue which allows redemption to flow. Amen.