THEME: BENEFITS OF BELIEVING
2 Corinthians 5:18-21
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
-God has reconciled us to Himself through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Since then we have received the message of reconciliation that has come though His atoning blood, we have peace with God. There is no longer need now for a sacrifice for our sins through the blood of a lamb, for He is our High Priests, and we now look to Him, for His blood speaks better things than that of Abel. Christ’s blood was the price paid for our sins and was required to reconcile the exercise of mercy with justice, not as separate, but as the eternally harmonious attributes in the one and the same God. Christ has made us righteous through faith causing justification by His grace. We then have fellowship with the Holy Spirit and have access to God the Father through Christ (Ephesians 2:18). As believers we are the righteousness of God through Christ and we are called seek peace and be reconciled to one another. As ambassadors of the Prince of peace, we are called to be agents of peace and forgiveness, not evil and destruction, because for this reason Christ died for us. We then love one another and forgive one another for if we do not forgive, God will not forgive our sins (Matthew 6:15). As ambassadors of Christ, we are called to look to the things above with our eyes of faith, and not the things below which shrink us back (Hebrews 10:38).
Dear Lord Jesus we thank You for Your sacrifice on the cross for our sins. Thank You for Your blood that speaks better things than that of Abel. Thank You for Your grace of reconciliation in our hearts, that You have given us Prince of peace. May You help us to love one deeply for love covers a multitude of sins. May Your grace enable us to forgive each other and to be reconciled just like You desire dear Jesus. May You forgive us all our sins and wash us with Your precious blood. May You help us to remain in You dear Jesus our Vine as we are Your branches, that we may be fruitful in Your purposes, and that our faith may never fail. As Your ambassadors, may You empower us to be agents of peace, love, humility and compassion for the glory and honor of Your name. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: 1 Peter 4:8
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