Welcome back friend! This week we are learning more about the God who chooses to reconcile us.
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 NIV says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 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.”
Verse 17 says that anyone in Christ is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come. God has made us brand new in Christ Jesus. When he looks at us after Salvation, he sees the blood of Jesus. Our life is hidden in Christ and we are brand new. Sometimes I have a hard time believing I’m new. The same patterns, sins, and shortcomings are evident in my life.. and the newness feels far away. I’m so glad I get to stand on truth instead of feelings. At salvation, God made me new. He reconciled me to himself and he is stripping away every old, dead part of me.
I think sometimes we make salvation about us. We know that salvation is a free gift, but we still try desperately to earn it. We spin our wheels trying to make God happy with us, but it’s pointless.. We are like a hamster on a hamster wheel.. we’re getting nowhere and we’re just wearing ourselves out.
So if salvation isn’t really about us, then why did God reconcile us to himself? What does being reconciled to God even mean? What was his motivation?
I think the answer can be found all throughout the Bible, but for time’s sake, let’s focus on two verses.
Psalm 17:7 NKJV says “Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You.”
Isaiah 63:7 NIV says “I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.”
What do these two verses have in common?
The greatest motivation to save a sinful people, is the kindness of the Lord. His nature is love… and a loving God wants to love a sinful people. I don’t understand this love.. I a lot of times run from this love, because I know my sin, so God must too. It’s hard to fathom his love. It’s fierce and beautiful and it’s there even when I don’t understand it.
John 3:16 NIV says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God didn’t just love the world… He SO loved it.. that’s obsessive… that’s radical.. that’s unfathomable.. but it’s our God… It’s his love.. and I’m so grateful for that.
Do you truly believe that God loves you no matter what?
What keeps you from feeling loved by God?
Ask the Lord to reveal how much he loves you. If you think you already understand how much, let me bless you by saying, you don’t.. Because his love has never-ending levels… there is always deeper love.. So today let’s ask him to begin to speak love over you, and trust him to cover you with lovingkindness.