Contributed by Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain
Reconciliation Day is a special day to patch relationships and to make amends. Its intention is to re-establish relationships between family, friends and couples. Life is too short to hold a grudge between those we love.
Estranged couples may find today to be an opportunity to work out their problems. People who have had a "falling out" with family members are encouraged to reach out and "mend the fence".
For those considering a reconciliation, the old saying is, "It's never too late." But, that is not true. Someday, it could be too late. So, please use today to begin your reconciliation.
We also need to be reconciled to God.
The Bible says, “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10). “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). We owe a debt that we cannot pay. The wages of which is death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Jesus Christ came to earth to shed His perfect, sinless blood for my sin and the sins of all mankind. He paid our sin debt. To be reconciled to God, we must accept what God did for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
When we accept God’s payment for our sin through atoning blood of Jesus, the Bible tells us that we become new creatures in Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
This is how God reconciled us to Himself. “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
May I encourage you to be reconciled to God today!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain