Tuesday, November 8, 2005

RECONCILERS

To “reconcile” means “to bring together,” "to resolve, settle," "to restore to friendship or harmony." The Apostle Paul described the Christian mission primarily in terms of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2). Here are 5 ways to be a reconciler:

BREAK BARRIERS: fear, suspicion, doubt, bigotry, ignorance--these are to be challenged and broken with the love of Jesus lived thru us.

BRIDGE GAPS: insulation, seclusion, division, suspicion, resentment--these are to be spanned by the positive presence of Christian witness.

CROSS BORDERS: put yourself in the situations where you can grow in grace--cross cultures by intention again and again, be enriched by those whom you consider poor, love the city though you may prefer the country, learn as you teach, receive as you serve, .

WELCOME STRANGERS: make room for those whom the dominant culture and society discards, looks down on, suspects, or dismisses. “Let every guest be received as Christ.” “Strangers expected” is the watchword.

STAND IN THE GAP: many situations and people resist reconciliation for a long time. You may be called to literally live in the tension between conflicts, estranged people. But that is what Jesus does on the Cross. As His ambassador, dare to stand in the gap with the grace, love, and power God gives.

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