Reconciliation in His Name

Reconciliation

   God has done great things with the world and has wanted to forgive the world for its unfaithfulness.  At the time of Noah, God’s forgiveness did not come but His side of wrath did.  Now that His son has come to the earth His ultimate goal is to bring the earth back into one accord with Him.  “God has created the world and mankind with the hope that all will ultimately be reconciled with all.  We have to do our share in bringing about this redemptive state of love and conciliation by reconciling with others, even as we live in an unredeemed, hate-filled world of sin and corruption.”(Solomon Schimmel. Wounds Not Healed By Time:  The Power of Repentance and Forgiveness, 67.)  This is the key to all things.  People are the vessels for God to be reached into the world and to show them the message of Jesus Christ.  The Message cannot have power without the amazing power and support of God.  Christ came to forgive others and show His followers how to forgive as well.  For humans to change reconciliation has to happen through forgiveness.  It cannot happen on its own and it will not just go away if people ignore it.

The power of God can be se best if the reconciliation happens and the glory given to God in heaven.  In the book of Psalms so many times forgiveness is mentioned but it is mentioned to glorify God and bring Him the praise.  Psalm 25:11 says, “For the sake of your name, O LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.”  Then Psalm 79:9 says, “Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.” All the power, all the glory and all the praise belong to God and God alone.  As with forgiveness even though it may bring a person reconciliation and peace that peace comes directly from God.  It is not from oneself that it comes.  The power is from above and humans receive blessing from God for obeying what He has called humans to do.  Now, a person may be seen as noble or even spiritually heroic. ( Solomon Schimmel, 67)  It is not for that recognition anyone should forgive others. Forgiveness should come naturally and should come at the respect of God and His son Jesus.  John 20:23 says, “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” A person’s forgiveness is hinged on the fact that forgives must come from God to them and then people to others.  This is representing the life of Christ.

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