Reconciliation - Karla Rowley

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. - 2 Corinthians 5:18

And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. - Colossians 1:20

A few years ago, our daughter wrote a song in the same style as the original version of ‘Jesus Loves Me’. I’ve been listening to it on our computer so that I can capture her lyrics, both the traditional and her additions. In the time I’ve spent repeatedly listening to her sing this song, I’ve been deeply touched that such a simple song can be such a reminder.

 I’ve thought about the verses scattered in the New Testament calling me as a Christian to examine myself. If I find I am not at peace with someone, I need to go and be reconciled. I need to DO something to regain that peace. In 2 Corinthians 5, it speaks of God reconciling himself to us through Christ AND giving us a ministry of reconciliation.

In Ephesians 2, the scripture tells us His (Jesus) purpose was to create in himself the means to be reconciled to God. It is a mystery I will spend eternity learning to understand. To me, it doesn’t mean I have to totally agree with everything someone else believes, but I do have a responsibility to remember that just as Jesus loves me, He loves the one(s) to whom I need to be reconciled.

Living Lord, create in us that introspection and honesty to see what we must do to bring your peace to our part of your world. I do not ask for perfect peace for everywhere and everyone—I ask for the time to come when you will reconcile all things to yourself—making peace through your sacrifice on the cross. Amen

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