The Ministry of Reconciliation
From now on, then, we do not know anyone from a worldly perspective. Even if we have known Christ from a worldly perspective, yet now we no longer know him in this way. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us. 2 Corinthians 5:16-19
God’s heart is all about reconciliation. Scripture is one big love story, packed full of his attempts to win our stubborn and straying hearts. Finally culminating in the greatest sacrifice: the life of his one and only son.
We are called to reconcile-perhaps this means a reconciliation between your heart and your actions, confessing your sins, or the pursuit of reconciliation in your marriage, or with an estranged family member or friendship. Do whatever it takes!
Choose to view others from God’s perspective, not the worlds! His view is fueled by grace and hope, not judgement and shame. Take this ministry of reconciliation seriously, “so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor. 5:21