Have you ever had a friend that stopped talking to you? Have you ever had a friend who no longer wanted to associate with you?  Did you ever make up with that person?

If you did make up with that person, this means you “reconciled” with them. The word “reconcile” means to restore friendly relations between.  After Adam sinned we became spiritually separated from God; but God sent his Son Jesus Christ to reconcile or restore our relationship with Him.  Through the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, atonement (forgiveness of sin) was made.

So, what does this all mean? God chose to make up with mankind! We (believers in Christ) love God because he first loved us.  In 1 John 4:9&10, it says that God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.  This is real love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Since we have been reconciled to God, we now have been given the ministry of reconciliation; meaning it’s our job to help reconcile others. That is what making disciples is all about, simply carrying out the ministry of reconciliation.


Pastor Marcus