Watchword for the Month
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.
2 Cor. 5v19 (NIV)
Rev J Plaaitjies
Dear Brothers and Sisters, we truly serve an awesome God who loves us so much, that God used Christ to resolve our differences with Him, and thus restore His relationship with us. What is even more amazing is that God does not hold our sins against us! He has given us this message of restored relationships to share with others too. We find this message wrapped up in 2 Corinthians 5:19, “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.”
Just thinking about it make it sound impossible. But who are we to know God’s thoughts? Even Isaiah states “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.”(Isaiah 40:28).
You know that we live in a dark, sinful, and broken world. In fact, the world is completely contaminated by sin. The world has its own attraction for many, but it does not offer forgiveness of sins, acceptance as heirs to the Kingdom, and eternal life. We can only find that in Christ our Saviour and Redeemer.
We cannot understand how the Almighty God can forgive us so freely as we have all heard the word “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Roman 6:23).
Once we understand this word, we can truly see reconciliation through Jesus, as God’s gift to us all. This is truly awesome! We can echo the words of the psalmist “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:4).
When Adam and Eve sinned, they did not only break God’s trust, but also broke the beautiful relationship between God and themselves. In fact, all of creation fell with them. As such, we all became sinners and face the condemnation of God. But because of Christ, we can be born again and receive God’s grace and Christ’s righteousness. Hallelujah! The choice is ours to either live for the world or to live for Christ.
Thanks to Adam we live in a fallen world, with all its crime, despair, disappointments, diseases, death, poverty, and violence. But thanks to Christ, we are living in this world, but we are not of this world. The enmity between man and God was removed by the blood of the Son of God forever.
It is through Christ that we, as sinners, are convicted of our sins. You might think the following: I am guilty, know God pardons you; I am naked, rest assured God will dress you with a robe; I am filthy, God will wash you with the blood of Christ; I am unworthy, God makes you worthy. All that we must do is to come to the flowing fountain of Christ’s love and forgiveness. We have to make a choice to accept and follow Christ. He who turned water into wine can also turn lions into lambs and sinners into saints. Nothing is impossible for Him.
Every person seeks peace. Many pursue peace at different places, with different methods and people. But they are searching in the wrong place. Peace can only be found in Christ, who is the Prince of peace. The notion of being reconciled, humbles us, even excites us, but also fill us with peace and love that flood our spirit. And that is freely available to everyone who accepts Christ.
The cross reveals the amazing love that God holds for us. Jesus died on the cross with unconditional love for you and me. Nothing at all can separate us from His love. How beautiful it would be If everyone accepted that Christ died for all people and that we have already faced death through Him. But the world cannot understand and do not accept the message of the cross. It is foolishness for those who are perishing. But we, who are saved, consider it to be the power of God. Therefore, we should not live for ourselves but for and in Him. As it is in Him, that we live and move and have our being. Our whole existence should proclaim: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20).
Believing in Christ renews us. The old ways of living, talking, interacting makes way for a new way of talking, thinking, and interacting. Everything becomes new. A new way of life comes into existence. We see and experience things different. His change in us become evident to everyone in our lives.
1 Peter 2:10 reminds us of our renewed status “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you have not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
Dear Brother and Sister, you and I have been handpicked by God to be His own through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. So, be filled with His beautiful love as His Holy Spirit guides you to go, grow and glow for Him. Walk in His forgiveness. Walk in His favour. Walk in His miracles. Walk in His love. Walk in His power. Walk in His protection. Amen!
Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your endless mercies. For Your amazing grace that carries us day by day. We are in awe of You Lord. Thank You that You called us by name to be Your own. Thank You for the love of Christ who drew us all to the cross to receive forgiveness and healing. Guide our thoughts, our actions, and relationships, as we seek to stay in Your presence and become peacemakers. We pray that in the Name of Jesus. Amen!
Rev. J. Plaatjies