Today I am pondering 2 Corinthians 5:
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
I find it interesting that reconciliation is a ministry and that God has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. I want to better understand how?
This is how Safari defines reconcile:
rec·on·cile (ˈrekənˌsīl/). verb
- restore friendly relations between.
synonyms: settle one’s differences, make (one’s) peace, make up, kiss and make up, bury the hatchet, declare a truce.
- cause to coexist in harmony; make or show to be compatible.
synonyms: make compatible, harmonize, square, make congruent, balance; rare syncretize.
- make (one account) consistent with another, especially by allowing for transactions begun but not yet completed.
When I hear or read the word reconcile, I tend think of the third meaning…Every month I reconcile my checkbook. Occasionally, I hear of two people reconciling their differences. However, when it comes to my relationship with my Heavenly Father, my mind typically does not settle on the need for reconciliation. (Mind you, I am not saying there is no need…I just would not use the word as part of the description.). But here it is written in the scripture and I am not sure how I feel about it.
As I contemplate my feeling about the word of reconciliation…I find it actually has a negative connotation for me. Perhaps, I have spent too many hours looking for a missing penny?!? Or maybe I do not fully trust a reconciliation when there are so many reasons to mistrust?!? And in this realization I see the ministry.
This is not about what I need to do to live in the presence of God. The ministry happens in The Atonement.
He will restore relationships…if I let him. He will always trust in me and my worth. He will cause me to trust in Him, in others, and myself…if I ask him.
Because he is always seeking after the one, and has paid the required ransom, He will. balance the accounts….if I let him. He will make my actions consistent with his commandments. His sacrifice will make up the difference when I am found lacking…If I ask him.
Ultimately, if I continue to receive the ministry and trust in God’s commitment to the word…reconciliation, I will be found worthy to coexist in harmony with my Heavenly Father. Not because of my actions, but because of His. His ministry and great commitment to the word…reconciliation.