READ: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
In Matthew 5 Jesus tells us to "agree quickly with our adversary." Jesus calls for us to seek reconciliation quickly, and He warns, "Whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment." The good news for us is, through Jesus, and by faith, we can have victory over this evil.
Paul speaks about this victory clearly in 2 Corinthians chapter 5: "therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer." This is beautiful news!
So many things happen in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. First, there is a personal reconciliation to God. Second, the body of Christ is established, as we are reconciled to each other. Third, our missional stance as the church is born.
It enables us to equip each other to mobilize and proclaim the fullness of reconciliation in the gospel. Or as I have heard it so eloquently preached, "In essence, we are reconciled to reconcile." This is what the gospel has done for us, it has declared we are free, and it has also declared that we now get to participate in the perfect story of gospel reconciliation.
PRAY: Lord help us take steps as Your ambassadors, making much of You in all we do and say. That we would live a life not according to personal satisfaction of the flesh, but to Your holy and acceptable ways. Help us to press forward as a reconciled people, and take part in Your reconciling work. May we be unashamed of the freedoms we have because of the Gospel, and operating as doers of Your word Lord.