Reconciliation

Sin cried out, “I’m sorry!” Grace answered, “I forgive.”
Wrong said, “I deserve to die.” Love said, “Repent and live.”
Guilt said, “I am torn inside.” Truth said, “Confess and be made free.”
Life said, “I am heavy laden.” The Lord said, “Come to Me.”
The weary said, “Where can I go with evil’s burden sore?”
God said, “My child, obey My word, and live forevermore.”
(Unknown author)
To reconcile is to restore a relationship broken by an offense. God is indeed in the reconciliation business. Reconciliation between God and man is not necessary because God has changed but because man through sin destroyed the fellowship he had with God. God, however, took the initiative to reconcile us to Himself through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18). This reconciliation took place out of love and through the death of Jesus upon the cross (Romans 5:6-10). Though men were weak, ungodly, sinners, and enemies, God loved them enough to give his Son for them.
Jesus died for enemies and sinners, because he wanted them to become part of his family. The depths of the love of Christ surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:14-19). We marvel at such love. We are humbled by it and yet so thankful for it. How could God love us so much, when we have sinned against Him so greatly?
How could God love us so much? God created us; he formed each of us in the womb. He knows all about us. He knows not only what we are but also what we can, through his love and power, become. He can see more than our failures. He sees in us things we cannot see in ourselves.
God is not like us. We judge so quickly and often so harshly. God, instead, takes his time to work in our lives and help us become like his Son Jesus. He transforms us into his own child, for whom he has prepared an eternity of joy and life. How thankful we must be to have such a loving and wonderful God!

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