By Pst. Sam Ithiga
While we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son – Romans 5:10
In this verse, we see how extravagant and mind blowing the love of God is. Is it not radical? What does He do? The bible says that while we were His enemies he pays an outrageously high price to be reconciled to us. Wait? It does not say we were his estranged family members, neither does it say we were his friends, it says we were “enemies”. No sugar coating here, it’s that bad. Yet God pursued you. He made the first move. Not in retaliation, but reconciliation. He paid the price for it too. And what was He to gain from this investment? Absolutely nothing. You on the other hand have gained everything!
You see reconciliation is very big for God. In fact the gospel is also called “the ministry of reconciliation”. If we have indeed understood the gospel and have been adopted into God’s family, then we must be engaged in this family enterprise. If we are to live as His children, we must recognize this family value. As children of God we must follow the footsteps of our Father. If He could be reconciled to His enemies, what excuse do we have to not be reconciled to our family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors?
Reconciliation and forgiveness is not cheap business. There is a heavy price to be paid for it. But our Father is willing to pay. And if God, who is wiser than us, is willing to make the investment, then we should be willing to follow His footsteps even though we don’t understand the mathematics. When we do so, He will back us up with the emotional and spiritual resources that are needed. Give it a shot today. Reach out and try reconciling that broken relationship because God, through the cross of Christ, has not just offered you an example but will give you the power to do it.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for forgiving me and paying the price to get me in a relationship with you. The cross of Jesus Christ humbles me. Teach me how to act like you do. To follow your footsteps in forgiving my enemy or the loved one who has hurt me. Give me a heart that is willing to do this thing that pleases you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.