I AM RECONCILED
What sin did to our relationship with God is separation from Him. When God created us, He created us in His image to have an intimate relationship with Him. However, our relationship with Him was broken when sin entered the world. We became sinful in our hearts and lost our way to God. As a result, God had to send His only Son, Jesus Christ, to break the barrier of sin that separates us from Him that He may reconcile us back to God. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 says, "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation."
The way God reconciled us to Himself is that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sin to pay the penalty of our sin and chose not to count all our sins against us. Although we are guilty of our sin, He never uses our sin, weaknesses, and failures against us, but He chooses to forgive them completely. Now that we are saved and have been reconciled with God, God calls us to be His instruments to reconcile the world to Himself, and this is the reason He calls us to share our faith with others so that they may believe in God and be reconciled to Him.
Regarding our relationship with others, God wants us to be reconciled with others by not counting their sin, weaknesses, and failures but by forgiving them. It is easy for us to see others' faults and point fingers at each other, but we all have weaknesses. If we only focus on others' weaknesses and failures, we will forget the benefit of having a good relationship. God valued His relationship with us; as a result, He chose to forgive us and not count our sin against us, so let us do the same way with others.
Ask yourself these questions: How did God reconcile me to Himself? Now that I am reconciled with God, how does God want me to be reconciled with others? Am I willing to be reconciled with others and be an instrument of His reconciliation?
Write down all the worries you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for reconciling me to yourself through my Lord Jesus Christ. Please help me be an instrument of your reconciliation. Please give me the courage, the strength, the willingness, and the wisdom to pursue reconciliation with others. In your name Jesus, I pray. Amen.