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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Reconciliation

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him...(Colossians 1:19-22) Reconciliation is closely related to making peace. God made peace through a change on His part: the blood of his cross. Reconciliation changed God into a man, able to communicate with, and die for, all mankind. Paul describes all mankind as naturally alienated from, and hostile to, God. But reconciliation changed us to a people regarded by God as holy, blameless and above reproach. Reconciliation with Christ allows us to be ministers of reconciliation to others. We are entrusted with the message of reconciliation. We are ambassadors for Christ. Recognizing His greatness pulls the longing of my heart towards God, yearning for Him to unite, to make my heart one with His heart, to become reconciled with Him. With a whole heart, a reconciled heart, I will brightly express His greatness forever! For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. (Psalms 86:10-12)