Steven A. Bush - August 19, 2018
Reconciliation: When Enemies Become Friends
Reconciliation is when two people at enmity are restored to friendship. God has reconciled us, former enemies, to Himself through the sacrifice of His Son who bore His wrath which we deserved. God did not just forgive our sins, He paid for them with the precious blood of His Son. Love compelled Him. And that same love is meant to move us to reconcile with others. Is that possible? Absolutely! Romans 5:10-11 declares: "For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation." (ESV) And 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 echoes: "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of 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." (NLT) If being reconciled to God doesn't compel us to reconcile with others, what on earth will?!