Sunday, July 18, 2010

Be Reconciled

God likes to fix relationships

 Matthew 5:23-24  "So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you,  24  leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.

Matthew 18:15-17  "If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back.  16  But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses.  17  If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won't accept the church's decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.

 Sometimes it seems so much easier to not fix a relationship than to face the issues and become right with that person, but God doesn't care for the easy way of doing things, he went through great effort to make relationships right. Through Jesus we have been shown the great lengths that God would go to in order to fix a relationship. Why not take the easy way out and just write us off and let us self destruct?
2 Corinthians 5:18-19  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.  19  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.
He made us right with him if we would just accept the free gift and he gave us the perfect example of how far we are to go to make a relationship right again. We are supposed to be making relationships right with our fellow man and we are to show them the way to be made right with God as his ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20) we are his representatives to introduce the rest of the world to the God of relationships. He isn't impersonal he is relational and he wants us to be the same.

Thank you Lord for making the relationship right between you and I. Help me to be busy showing people that relationships matter, especially the relationship with you that is possible only because of Jesus.