Jesus was a bridge builder between us and God in heaven.
People are angry and distanced from each other, alienated from God and the church. Ministers of reconciliation are engaged in bridging these gaps. The construction materials consist of godly love, confession, and forgiveness.
This ministry of settling differences and drawing one side to the other is empowered by the supernatural love of God planted in the Believer’s heart. This love is then poured out through servant evangelism demonstrating the true power of God Almighty.
The Bible puts it this way, “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18,19).
In real-world practice, reconciliation begins with confession and receiving, or offering, forgiveness. People admitting their trespasses to one-another and to the Lord. As this is done, the Believer who is distanced from church will experience a desire to be in the presence of other Christians in the local church. The renewed Follower of Christ will become a minister of reconciliation as the impact of forgiveness is realized.
Many Christians have left church because they’ve hurt others or been hurt themselves. They carry this grudge around with them like leg weights. It is time to be reconciled to God and His children. The church is a spiritual organization composed of people, God’s children. If we say we love God, we must love His family too. Else it is hypocrisy.
Grace and peace to you. Mark S. Disbrow, pastor Amazing Grace Community Church. 970.444.2111 www.AmazingGraceCo.org.