AMBASSADORS OF RECONCILIATION
GOD WANTS US TO BE AMBASSADORS OF RECONCILIATION
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
“WE WILL HAVE TO REPENT IN THIS GENERATION NOT MERELY FOR HATEFUL WORDS OF BAD PEOPLE… BUT FOR THE APPALLING SILENCE OF GOOD PEOPLE.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its salty taste, it cannot be made salty again. It is good for nothing, except to be thrown out and walked on. “You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden. And people don’t hide a light under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand so the light shines for all the people in the house. In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 NCV
· RACISM AND PREJUDICE ISN’T A SKIN PROBLEM IT IS A SIN PROBLEM
“If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” 1 John 4:20-21 NKJV
· RACISM AND PREJUDICE IS A PROBLEM OF SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS
“Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess. And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”” Luke 18:9-14 NKJV
HOW CAN I BECOME AND AMBASSADOR OF RECONCILIATION?
1) BECOME A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-20 NKJV
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5 NKJV
2) ASK GOD TO EXAMINE YOUR HEART
“O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you? Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you? Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalms 139:21-24 NLT
3) CARRY ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 NKJV
“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26 NKJV
4) TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN WOUNDED BY INJUSTICE ALLOW GOD TO REDEEM IT FOR GOOD
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Genesis 50:20 NKJV
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV
CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION THIS WEEK...
- Discuss why it’s important for each one of us to be an ambassador of reconciliation.
- How have you seen self-righteousness and pride impact your own life?
- The first step in becoming an ambassador of reconciliation is becoming a new creation in Christ. What is your part to play in your reconciliation with God?
- How can you share in the burdens (strain or difficulty) of others?
- Share one way you can be open to letting God create a new heart in you. (i.e. practicing vulnerability with others, being aware and sensitive to other‘s struggles)