The world has convinced us that creating division is better than striving for reconciliation. From politicians to children angry talk and destructive words are filling the news media, social media, school hallways and family homes. Divisions abound and are weakening our democracy, churches and families. Jesus said in Luke 11:17, “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.” Jesus makes it clear: Division destroys.
Christians have been given the ministry of reconciliation through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our life in the world must honor our Lord and Savior, who died on the cross, made atonement for our sins by shedding His blood on the cross and then reconciled sinners to God. Almighty Christ is at work in the world through the power of the Holy Spirit reconciling men to God. As followers of Jesus Christ, we must turn our thoughts and actions away from division. We can no longer participate in the madness of division but must do the work of reuniting man with God through the proclamation of the Gospel and the power of the Spirit.
Disciples are in the world as ambassadors of reconciliation and are called by Christ to live lives of unity, harmony, peace and integrity, so the world will know God “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 men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
Divisions end in the reconciling work of Jesus Christ.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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