I hope you have been enjoying the cold weather J but aren’t you thankful you can escape into the warmth of your home. In a very subtle way it brings that scripture to life that says “The name of the Lord is a mighty fortress, the righteous runs into it and are saved (paraphrased) We are thankful for his provision, his protection and all he is to us but we must be mindful of the less fortunate around the world and even in our neighboured so please do carry on the “Intentional act of Kindness” that we started last week.
This week I’ll like for us to consider something very similar. Please read this scripture with me
Romans 5 from verse 6 ( NLT)
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
Also look at this verse too John 15:3 (NIV) Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
I am going to title this week’s challenge Building Bridges.
Jesus came to build bridges. The scriptures make it clear that humanity was lost and that we were all doomed to an eternity in hell because “All have sinned” and “the wages of sin is death” and to compound issues “all our righteousness” if we can even call it that, is like filthy rags before God the bible says. Wow! In other words we were bound by sin and were helpless and no matter how hard we tried it was just never going to be good enough “for without the shedding of blood” there is no remission for sin, but aren’t you glad that Jesus came to save the day? He truly is the ultimate Superman!
The point is he didn’t have to do it! He could have left us to what we deserved. He could have listed our sins and be disgusted by it all and just completely given up. He could have remembered the many times that God sent the “prophets” who were then badly received and even sometimes killed and said, you know what? I can’t be bothered. Oh, I am so thankful that he did not think of himself. He forsook his glorious heaven, came into my sin-cursed world that I may have citizenship and sonship in his kingdom……he came to build bridges to reconcile us back to God
Let’s just try and summarise why Jesus did what he did
- He cares deeply about relationship
- He loved selflessly.
There are many more we could have considered but I thought these 2 would suffice for now.
So what now?
Are there relationships in your life that are not as it used to be? Perhaps somebody let you down and just ruined a relationship that was once buoyant and vibrant. Just to make it easy for this discussion, we’ll just assume that it’s all the other party’s fault, okay? Though, that is not always the case. 🙂
Ask yourself, if Jesus cared so much about relationship to the point he was willing to do whatever it takes to reconcile us back to the father, what is your excuse for holding tight to grudges because that is what it really is.
You are either holding on because you have not forgiven them or you say, well I have forgiven them but I really don’t want to have anything to do with them anymore. Well that might be a sign there is still a level of un-forgiveness there still. Un-forgiveness is a ravenous poison that hurts the bearer than it hurts the other person. It destroys us more than it destroys the other person. It’s time to build bridges, it’s time to let go and let God!
Call to Action
- Do a very honest evaluation of people with whom you used to have relationship. Ask yourself, what can I do to build bridges for reconciliation
- Pray for wisdom and a gracious heart to forgive all, even if the other person has not repented or asked to be forgive
- Pray for them. Now I don’t mean call down fire from heaven on them J I mean pray a blessing on them. I’ve found out that the more you pray for people that hurt you the easier it becomes to let go
- Now go that extra mile and do something tangible other than praying. Go out of your way and demonstrate your intention. Send them a text, a whatsapp message, an email or even a card and please don’t go over old ground just release a blessing.
- Pray for yourself that God will bring healing to your heart and to the other person too.
- Pray for unity in our Church that God will help us project our unity.
In Concussion – Let us aspire to be like Jesus, the forerunner of our faith remembering that we have been given the ministry of reconciliation
Have a peaceful build bridging week.
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