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Without Reconciliation

07.13.20 | Christian Living | by Elder Steven Rogers

Without Reconciliation

    "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation" – 2Corinthian 5:18.

    The birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ were, for one reason, to reconcile mankind with his Maker. It is clear from Scripture that all of humanity has inherent iniquity from Adam. We are born with a natural inclination to gratify and fulfill the lusts of the flesh that drives us away from wholeness in Christ. Those inclinations, contrary to the holiness of God, are fed by a system of sin that promotes adverse thoughts and behaviors toward God's nature, placing us at enmity with his spirit.  Herein lies the internal struggle of a person; the desire to be holy while making mistakes. 

    God is righteous. His judgments are sound and balanced between mercy and punishment that are driven by grace. It is the grace of God that leads one toward reconciliation. His love removes our sins "as far as the east is from the west," alluding to the infinite distance he places between us and our sin.  He is full of love that covers a multitude of sins and faults that, no matter the sin, misdeed, or mistake, his mercy endures forever. He is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, and does not repay us according to the level of iniquity we have committed.  God not only forgives, but he forgets so pure and perfect reconciliation may occur.

    However, the present society is merciless. It is a place without reconciliation and only shame. Society is a place where childhood mistakes, youthful ignorance, and adult misdeeds are aired around the clock on YouTube, Tik Tok, Instagram, and FACEBOOK for the whole world to see. And once seen, viewers relentlessly cry out for blood as if in a feeding frenzy as the mob was for Jesus shouting, "Crucify him!" There is no longer any degree of forgiveness, only eternal shame. The offense will perpetually follow a person for the rest of their lives acting as a restraint, and if one attempts to move forward, it will be precisely exposed to pull one back down.  There is no hope for reconciliation.

    The body of Christ must ensure that it does not become part of the mob that shouts "Crucify him" while looting the grace, mercy, and love that Jesus shows all. Christians must bridge the gap between truth and justice, punishment, and compassion with a love that transcends human understanding that will lead one toward reconciliation. For this is our mission, "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation" – 2Corinthian 5:18.