A Call To Reconciliation
Greetings everyone in Jesus Name, we are once again a the begining of a new week and so today we will be starting our new study, we will be studying on the topic of reconciliation, reconciliation with God, and to be reconcile our relationship with God begins with us in repentance, so with that we will begin our study.
A Call To Reconciliation
2Co 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
Mat 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Mat 5:23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
Mat 5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Mat 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
Mat 5:26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Because we have been reconciled to Christ, we should seek reconciliation in our own relationships.
For reconciliation to take place in a relationship, genuine repentance must be expressed and true forgiveness offered. Without these two factors working together, the relationship cannot be restored. Reconciliation of human relationships will take time because healing of hurts, emotions, and trust can be a slow process. But when genuine repentance and true forgiveness converge, reconciliation is possible.
Reconciliation with God is also dependent upon the state of our hearts and the depth of our repentance. God offers us true forgiveness and unconditional love that has the power to restore us to Him. However, our response determines our standing with Him. We can either refuse to accept forgiveness because of our unrepentant hearts or surrender our wills to His and live lives of genuine repentance.
- Jesus’ sermon Structure-A Series Of Triads
- The Old Covenant Tradition-”Thou Shalt Not Kill”
- Identifying The Human Bondage-Anger
- Causes Of Anger
- Distinguished From Irresponsible Behavior
- The Transforming Initiative- Be Reconciled
Contemplating The Topic
Without a care in the world, two little boys were playing with their superhero action figures. Their imaginations had transported their playtime to a place at least two hundred years into the future. They were battling bad guys and saving helpless men, women, and children from danger. Suddenly one of the boys did something the other boy took offense to.
Quickly the two boys were arguing, having been immediately transported back to the present day. Their imaginations were no longer in control because they were angry with one another. Then there was silence. For one brief moment it appeared they would no longer be friends and whatever caused the argument would prevent any future play times together.
But then something unusual happened. The little boy who had offended the other boy made a gesture of reconciliation and true friendship; he apologized. It really was not that difficult to do. He was not worried about pride or how he would appear to the other children on the playground. He just sincerely apologized. Then without missing a beat, the boys were transported two hundred years into the future fighting the bad guys once again.
Now compare that to a situation that took place only a few blocks from the playground. This time it was not two little boys, but two grown men acting like two little boys. These
men were about to make the deal of the century. They had experienced sky-high profits over the last quarter and were set to take their business to the next level. Suddenly one of the men made a statement the other man did not like. The offender had made some accusations and the offended stormed out of the room.
The comments were inexcusable, but the actions that followed were even more indefensible. True, the brief exchange of heated conversation probably was not the only thing to blame. Each man had been experiencing family problems and stresses beyond the workplace. But for these men to allow this heated exchange to lead the company to an eventual demise and permit their lifelong friendship to come to an abrupt end was unacceptable.
What a stark difference between the playground and the workplace. We can all learn a lesson from the two little boys who decided reconciliation was more important than pride.
Searching The Scriptures
- Jesus’ Sermon Structure-A Series Of Triads
In its most basic form, every sermon has an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. These three main elements work together to help create a logical flow of thought. we will notice Jesus structured His thoughts strategically, organized in such a way to help His audience better understand and internalize the principles being discussed.
After the list of Beatitudes in the first part of the chapter, Jesus entered into a grouping of thoughts, each built in triad form—a thought built with three distinct parts. Just as a sermon builds upon an introduction, a body, and a conclusion, each of these moral considerations were built upon three components of thought: (1) the beginning, which presented an old covenant tradition, (2) the middle, which presented an element of human bondage, and (3) the ending, introducing a transforming initiative.
Following this stream of thought, Jesus addressed six different moral and ethical ideas, first looking at how they had been traditionally handled under the old covenant. Each section began with the words “Ye have heard that it was said” (Matthew 5:21, 27), “Ye have heard that it hath been said” (Matthew 5:33, 38, 43), and “It hath been said” (Matthew 5:31).
Jesus knew the crowd listening to His message had grown up hearing these admonitions from the Law. They no doubt were well-versed in the intricacies of such commands. However, the middle part of each mini-message turned the old covenant tradition on its ear. Though “it hath been said,” Jesus had a response that made the old covenant command sound easy to follow. Whereas the commands from the Law had more to do with actions, the new commands of Jesus dealt with both actions and attitudes.
After addressing the old covenant tradition and His own New Covenant principle, Jesus was careful to point out the way each of us should live our lives to avoid even approaching the possibility of breaking either tradition or principle. He showed how we could please God through obedience to His commands and our compassion for others.
- The Old Covenant Tradition- “Thou Shalt Not Kill”
The first of these moral ideas Jesus addressed in His sermon was murder. This would seem to be easy at first. We could venture to guess that 99.9 percent—if not 100 percent—of His listeners that day had never had trouble following the law of Moses concerning murder.Even the ungodly inherently understand murder is wrong. Those without a moral compass and those who deny the existence of God have no trouble agreeing that murder is unacceptable.
On Mount Sinai when God handed to Moses the tables of stone upon which were written the Ten Commandments, God’s moral law was evident for all to see. The first four of these ten dealt with individuals’ responsibilities to God, while the final six covered individuals’ responsibilities to one another. The connection of these precepts to our responsibilities to God and to others was again made evident when Jesus told the Pharisees the entire Law hangs on the two greatest commandments: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37–40).
Commands one through four of the Ten Commandments are fulfilled when we truly love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Commands five through ten are fulfilled when we truly love our neighbor as ourselves.
With the declaration of “Thou shalt not kill,” God was making it clear to all who would hear that there is value in human life. Human beings, who were made in the image of their Creator, were deemed special and their lives were to be treasured.
That will conclude part-1 of our study on A Call To Reconciliation, we will pick up part-2 with [Identifying the Human Bondage-Anger] have a great day and we will be back on Thursday with part-2