Transformation comes by the renewing of your mind, which comes by immersion in God’s Word.
Are you at your wit’s end with someone in your life? Do you find yourself thinking, “That’s it. I can’t take it anymore. This is the last time. I’m done. I don’t care anymore.”
God has made us to care about the people in our lives. Not caring allows tension to grow in the relationship. We all want to care. We’re programmed to desire acceptance, especially from our family members.
How many years have you put up with people in your life? How many years have people in your life put up with you?
1 Peter 5:7 NLT
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 AMP
For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us, because we are of the opinion and conviction that [if] One died for all, then all died;
And He died for all, so that all those who live might live no longer to and for themselves, but to and for Him Who died and was raised again for their sake.
His love compels us. Jesus did something for us that was uncomfortable for Him. Now He asks us to do the same – to say “no” to ourselves, and to take on the uncomfortable. That’s why we say “I don’t care” – because it’s hard to live with the tension. But Jesus desires for us to seek reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
Reconciliation is making noncompatible things compatible. We became incompatible with God through rebellion. We became compatible again through Jesus.
Revelation 3:20 NIV
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
He stands at the door and knocks. He can prevent anything from separating us from Him except ourselves.
People need to know that Jesus loves them. They need to now that Jesus loves them, and He has removes all barriers between us and the Lord. Some people reconcile by sayong, “I’ll meet you halfway,” but not God.
He has given us the same ministry of reconciliation, of restoring relationships, of removing barriers to reconciliation.
God never gives up on us. He doesn’t count our sins against us, and He asks us to do the same for others. If you’ve been baptised, you’re required to carry His message.
2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
If you’re refusing to reconcile, you’re saying you refuse to forgive. You’re saying that your standards are higher than God’s!
God’s standards must become our standards. When can you give up on others? When God gives up on you. When will that be? Never! because “His mercy endures forever.”
Reconciliation is not “let’s talk about it until we work it out.” No – all he asks is to reach out, to set the table, open the door, and invite them over.