by Simone Da Costa
Do you know what reconciliation means? Reconciliation is resolving a past or present matter you have experienced with someone without prejudice. Reconciling is putting a final end to an unresolved matter whether you were victimized, ill-treated, emotionally, sexually, verbally and psychologically abused, harassed, condemned, judged, criticized, falsely accused, physically attached, raped, molested, faced racial profiling, experienced racism, discrimination, prejudice, unfairly treated etc,.
Even though some past and/or present matters left bad memories and for some terrible ones, we must let go all the past hurts, pains, heartbreaks, displeasure and disappointments and forgive if we want to spend eternity in God’s presence. A life that matters is focused on where you’re headed not where you have been. As the word of God clearly puts it: “forget the former things; do not dwell on the past, I am doing a new thing! New it spring up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43: 18-19 (NIV)
As we reconcile our differences, Christ is transforming our lives and preparing us for eternity. As we are transformed God will use us to help others to reconcile their differences. Consequently, we all become ministers of reconciliation through Christ whereby we are sent by God to help and encourage others to find a right relationship with God. This is why we are Christ ambassadors. The word of God literally says ‘elders,’ but the context shows that ambassadors’ is a good form of reference. We go out representing God, making His appeal to man. We plead with people and imploring them to be made right with God. The word of God says.
“All this is from God, who 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. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 22 Corinthians 5:18, 20-21 (NIV)
Consider: Will you hold someone in your heart and not forgive them or will you be an ambassador for Christ by resolving an indifference you may have or encountered with someone by making amends, moving forward and sharing the wonderful process of reconciliation for God’s righteousness?