RECONCILIATION WITH PEOPLE
If you read the blog yesterday, you may have agreed with my post because it involves our being brought into right relationship with God. I did not refer to Ephesians 2 in that blog, but in verses 11 to 22, Paul outlines how Jews and Gentiles were enemies; but “by the blood of Christ…He created in Himself one new man in place of the two…making peace.” This work of Christ made it possible for God to reconcile us both “in one body through the cross, thereby killing…hostility.”
These verses end with us who are reconciled “being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit,” the place of worship. Now stop for a moment and think about other believers that you do not get along with, or will not speak to, or may even say some hateful things about (gossip). How can you have those attitudes and say you are reconciled to God?
Jesus was very direct about this issue. “So, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23–24).
Let me be very blunt about this. If you are involved in any worship and know that there are outstanding issues between you and another believer, your worship is empty because it does not reflect the reconciliation God made with you in Christ. Let’s get to the real business of reconciliation and see God’s glory increase.
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