2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (NLT)
18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people�s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ�s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, �Come back to God!� 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
As these verses talk about reconciliation they speak of an undeniable privilege as well as a duty. Reconciliation assumes there has been a breach of friendship that has caused separation. Sin is the object which causes the breach between God and man. God the creator justly has a right to be offended by the sin filled heart of the creation. Yet God reaches out through Christ to reconcile us, the world, to Him. It is that reconciliation that is an undeniable privilege which we can accept or reject. If we accept the wonder message of reconciliation then it becomes out duty to plead with others to return to God.
Billiy Graham said, �The number one problem in our world is alienation, rich versus poor, black versus white, labor versus management, conservative versus liberal, East versus West . . . But Christ came to bring about reconciliation and peace.� Our sinful hearts set us against God and also set us against one another. God sought reconciliation with the world. It was not the world trying to return to God, but God offering forgiveness that we might return to Him. God gave His Son Jesus to bring about reconciliation and peace so we could also reconcile and find peace with others. Do you know the loving grace of God�s reconciliation? If you do, share it with someone who needs it. Share it with someone who needs to be reconciled to God.