Reconciliation - Hard to Do But Great Rewards -Part 2

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photo by sharon mccutcheon on unsplash

While we talk about reconciliation, the first thing we should be doing after becoming a believer is reconciling others to Jesus.

After all, there is NOTHING like experiencing PEACE WITH GOD! Our first desire should be to lead others to that same peace. Our responsibility is to show and tell. We are to live out the faith we have received and to tell others about the love of Jesus, the source of our faith. What they do with that information is between them and the Holy Spirit!

That should bring you comfort - knowing that someone else’s decisions are not our responsibility. It’s theirs. Our responsibility is obedience in sharing the gospel, lending a hand, being the Jesus that other see.

How can we actually be an instrument of reconciliation for others to Jesus? I’m glad you asked. Like I mentioned recently about my Mother, she always managed to turn whatever subject into Jesus. I don’t mean in a “preachy” kind of way and not a talking “at” you kind of way. But like she had just spent time with Him and couldn’t contain herself from telling you about it! I hope that makes sense.

Back in the day as I grew up in church, we were really legalistic even though we knew we were saved by grace. With legalism comes judgmental attitudes. When that’s in your heart, you can rest assured that’s what comes out and that’s what people see. Maybe without even knowing it, you belittle or talk down to them or beat them up with your Bible. I hate to admit it, but that is who I was for years as a believer. My most common form of speech was sarcasm. And I was a pro at it. Lord, forgive me! And if you have been on the other end of that from me, please accept my deepest regrets. I pray you, too, ca forgive me.

Today, I try to see people through “rose” colored glasses. What I mean is I try to see people through the lens of Jesus- He shed His blood for them. When you start to look at people in that context legalism and judgement begin to fall away. I mean, it’s only by His blood that I am not still bound for hell and a slave to sin.

How can I not tell others there’s a way out? And that’s what the great commission is about.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20 ESV

This is our priority number 1 as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ.

Yes, this can be hard…well, uncomfortable…sometimes but the rewards are great! Not only are you rewarded for your obedience, but that new believer has been saved from destination - hell - and now they know that peace with God so they can share it with others!

I’d love to hear about some of the reconciliation moments you’ve shared in the comments!

Reconciliation - Hard to Do But Great Rewards -Part 1

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Another topic that was suggested on the blog survey was that of reconciliation. Wow. Now that’s a topic! Once you are estranged from someone, it is so hard to reconcile.

I would be remiss if I didn’t begin with the ultimate reconciliation. True forgiveness and reconciliation comes from Jesus Christ and unto Jesus Christ. Until we know Him through our personal reconciliation, we cannot fully forgive and reconcile with others.

So how do we do that you might ask.

  • First, we have to confess that we are sinners.

    • Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

  • Accept the free gift of eternal life.

    • Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  • Confess and believe that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead.

    • Romans 10:9-10 “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

  • Know for certain that you belong to Jesus.

    • Romans 10:13 “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

  • Get involved with a Biblical local church

    • Hebrews 10:25 “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.“

  • Get a Bible and read it; study it. I recommend starting in the book of John.

    • John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

  • Follow Jesus - obey Him as He speaks to your through the Bible and the Holy Spirit

    • Matthew 16:24 “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Now that we have our own reconciliation with Jesus secure we can discuss reconciliation with others.

Next week we’ll discuss the Biblical view of reconciliation with others. Please leave comments or email me with your comments, if you’d like. I’d love to hear from you!

Living Out Your Faith One Day at a Time -Part 2

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Photo by Ben White

My Mother had this way about her that no matter what topic you may be discussing, she would be talking about Jesus in no time. I was always amazed by her being able to turn every single subject into Jesus. Can I just say that she lived out her faith!

Not only did she live out her faith by talking about her Saviour, but she loved people with the love of her Saviour. She love people because Jesus loved them…and they knew that she loved them. She was also a prayer warrior. Even after she became homebound people would call her or stop by to see her so she could pray for them. And pray she did.

My point in sharing a little bit about my Mom is that no matter what season of life she was in, she lived out her faith one day at a time. That’s what we are all called to do. Living out your faith is more than just talking about Jesus, but that’s a great place to start!

 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 ESV

James 2:14-17 Put feet to your faith

James 5:16 Pray for others

1 Samuel 15:22 Be obedient

Malachi 3:10 Tithe

Matthew 28: 19-20 Be on mission

Hebrews 10:25 Be part of a local church

Whatever the season of life you are in, be faithful to our King in that season. If you’re a mom of young children, loving Jesus and serving Him often comes in the care and nurture of your family. As you love and serve your family you may have the privilege of serving other families along the way. Your children’s friends and their parents are watching you so be a godly example and share the gospel.

As that season of life changes to having adolescents and teens, serve there. Kids of that age need strong Biblical leadership more than ever and so do their friends.

The cycle continues as we move through various seasons of life. Keep your eyes open to opportunities and serve Jesus where you can. The best way to serve Him is by serving others.

Living Out Your Faith One Day at a Time

Photo by Ben White

Photo by Ben White

One of the topics that was suggested in the recent survey was on living your faith. So what does that even mean?

Simple, right? Surely this means to live what you believe. And we do. But sometimes what we say we believe and what we live out in our beliefs are not always the same. I should know…and so should everyone. We have all preached one thing and lived another at some point in our lives.

For example, maybe we’ve said we believe God is Love and the only Judge yet we sit in judgement over others, even when we don’t say it out loud.

The question remains, “How do we live out our faith?”

As believers in Jesus Christ we must, first, know Him. 2 Peter 1:3 says “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” As we know Him, we learn that “it’s” all about Him. It’s HIS divine power. It’s knowledge of HIM. It’s to HIS own glory and excellence.

Living out our faith is truly about Jesus. Once we “know” Him, we will seek to become like Him - to do as He would do. Look at these verses:

Colossians 3:23 - every single thing we do, we do for Him; that’s worship, so do your best

Romans 15:13 - be filled with hope, joy and peace

John 13:34-35 - invest in people; be the love of God to them

Philippians 2:3 - be a friend to others

1 Peter 4:10-11 - use your gifts

Proverbs 17:22 - be joyful and positive

i Thessalonians 5:18 - express gratitude

Living out your faith is all about Jesus. Just like Jeremiah, if we wanted to not say anything about our Saviour, we can’t because He is like a fire shut up in our bones. (Jeremiah 20:9)

Be encouraged! Jesus is HOPE. If you are struggling with the day to day drudgery of things and feel like you’re not living out your faith, tell it to Jesus. The more you know Him, the more you live your faith.

We”ll talk a little more about this next week. Feel free to comment on how you live out your faith!