“All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.” (2 Samuel 14:14)
As you think about your walk with Christ, what are some ways He has pursued you?
God desires a close relationship with us—His people. He didn’t even spare His own Son to bridge the gap of sin. He asks only that we accept His offer of restitution for the sin that separates us from Him.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)
Forgiveness is a nonnegotiable for all Christ-followers. You might say that we are called to be professional forgivers. God modeled this for us by sending His own Son to die in our place. C. S. Lewis wrote, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God forgave the inexcusable in you.” God calls us to forgive but doesn’t leave us without His power to do it. Like a glove that moves only with a living hand inside, God’s Spirit moves our forgiveness fingers as we yield to Him. The process of reconciliation, however, isn’t fully dependent on our choice or actions. As we’ve seen, it takes at least two to reconcile. This is what distinguishes reconciliation from forgiveness. They are sisters but not twins. How does a better understanding of reconciliation and forgiveness bring clarity to your relationships?
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18 NIV)