I knew that this season of Lent was going to be a time of reconciliation. I knew because I had decided that it would be, and I wrote about it. But what I didn’t know was that God knew it was going to be, too. I thought maybe I could write some pretty words and then He would let me off the hook and I could move on. “Oh, you wrote about reconciliation? Good! Great job. You’re all good.” But no, once again, I have underestimated my Creator.
A few nights ago I received a Facebook message from a boy from high school, a boy whom I have only had one very brief, very negative interaction with. Not the person I would expect to get a shout out from on social media.
But his message was full of some of the most beautiful words I have ever received. He apologized to me. He apologized for the words he spoke during our one interaction, acknowledging the weight that words carry, and confessing how incredibly sorry he was. He didn’t even ask for forgiveness. He just apologized.
I don’t know what sparked this random act of reconciliation, but my guess is, it was Jesus. He’s always doing things like that, isn’t He?
This morning in my devotional, I read the words of 2 Corinthians 5:14-17.
“For Christ’s love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: if One died for all, then all died. And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised. From now on, then, we do not know anyone in a purely human way. Even if we have known Christ in a purely human way, yet now we no longer know Him in this way. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.”
I paused here, and I thought about it. We do not know anyone in a purely human way. Knowing each other in a human way means carrying anger and bitterness, annoyance and frustration. But we no longer know anyone that way. I know people as new creations, who they used to be has passed away, and “look, new things have come.” This sounds a whole lot like reconciliation. This sounds like the eyes of a reconciled heart.
And then I kept reading.
“Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
I hadn’t looked up the word “reconciliation” in the back of my Bible, or made a cheap google search for verses. Low and behold, God has been in control this whole time and knew what He needed to tell me. Reconcile.
We reconcile because we are reconciled. We reconcile because Christ paid the ultimate price of reconciliation by dying on a Cross to take on our sins. He begged us, “be reconciled to God,” and when our stubborn hearts refused to admit wrong, He hung on the cross to reconcile on our behalf.
Our God is a God of reconciliation, and He is calling us to do the same.
Thank you, to the kind boy from high school who sent me that message. We are new, we are reconciled, and the words that have hurt have now healed.
“I am about to do something new, even now it is coming. Do you see it?”
I think I have some messages of my own to send.