by Ted White
Life Groups Pastor
On Sunday, September 18, Pastor Kelvin began a series on Reconciliation. He began the series focusing on reconciling our relationships in Christ. The world, the flesh, and Satan will tempt us to question, doubt, and embrace disappointment with God to the point of walking away from Him. It is God’s heart to reconcile all mankind to Himself through His Son, Jesus. We have questions, doubts, and disappointments in life and sometimes with God Himself. When these challenging times come in our relationship with God, may we not leave Him, but actually draw even nearer to Him. According to James 4:7-8, let us draw near to him daily. He is our source of life and hope.
Pastor Kelvin continued the series on Sunday, September 25, and we had a powerful and important day in our beautiful and diverse body. He shared that in order for us to be ministers of reconciliation, we must be ministers of empathy. As God’s children, we must continue to be sensitive and go inside the perspective and feelings of our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as the world. What people feel is real and we need to listen. We must be a safe place for all to be honest and transparent, and then enter into their suffering, even if we don't quite understand or even agree. At the same time, we must point all people to reconcile feelings and actions in the love and truth of Jesus Christ. That is the Ministry of Reconciliation. It is very costly, yet the alternative is distrust, alienation, and division. The very opposite of what our Lord expects of us.
In one of the darkest hours Charlotte has experienced, may we let our light shine brighter than ever for Jesus. He is the source of life and hope for all who will come. As ministers of reconciliation, may our example to reconcile others to Christ and to one another reflect the deep love and example of how Christ reconciled us to Himself. As Christ entered humanity through Mary, may we enter into the lives of others to listen and learn from them as an act of empathy.
Set aside time this week to pray about how God can help you show empathy toward others. God has given each of us the ministry of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (ESV)
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. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.