Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them.
2 Corinthians 5:17 – 19 (MSG)
In recent weeks, I’ve experienced something of a move of God’s Spirit in the whole area of relationships. There were no big stories, not big issues as such; but situations that had left a mark, a bruise. And quietly, almost imperceptibly, I’d made internal decisions to relate differently, to protect myself in some way. And life went on.
Until recently, when I spoke to a friend I’d not connected with for nearly 20 years. We reflected on old times, old stories, but with a new understanding, a greater perspective. And we asked each other’s forgiveness for who we’d been. I didn’t expect it to be so healing, but it was. God came. Not just to our broken history, but also to the ways that chapters of history had shaped who I’d become. He came and I saw where I’d settled for less than all that God offered. I’d settled for being a little more jaded, more distant. I’d settled for my own definitions and expectations of relationship and friendship. God came and I saw my responsibility in my choices, and attitudes and … everything really.
When the Spirit of God is on the move, He reveals who I am. There’s something about His tenderness, His holiness that makes it difficult to hide. Still, there’s more it than that. This time I’ve been reminded that His very presence makes the impossible possible. God can wipe the slate clean and redeem the past. God can rebuild the most shattered relationships, even if there seems no way back. Not only does he heal; he reconciles. He is able to do more than we could ever ask or imagine through his power at work in our lives (Ephesians 3:20).
Is there anyone that you need to be reconciledwith ?