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Practical Unity Part Four: The Ministry of Reconciliation

We’re coming to the close of this series of posts on practical unity. It may surprise you to find we end where we began: with reconciliation.

In the first post, we saw that unity starts with our own behavior. And then we discussed our mission as Christ’s representative.

The Mission: Reconciliation

Once we are reconciled to God through a relationship with Jesus Christ, we are given a ministry. “God…hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18).

It doesn’t matter if our occupation is truck driver or teacher. We might be a physician or a mechanic. Maybe we work in full-time service as a missionary or pastor.

Regardless of our occupation, our ministry is to spread the “word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

Being Reconciled

We are born at enmity with God (Romans 5:8). Our Creator didn’t want things to stay that way. So He sent Christ whose mission was “reconciling the world unto himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

If we accept the free gift of salvation (Romans 6:23), then we become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Christ changes us and gives us the same ministry he had.

The same only different. Christ is the only one who can reconcile a sinner to His Holy Father. However, we can spread the word of this amazing transformation.

Seeking Reconciliation for Others

In fact, once we’re Heaven bound, the thought of others going to the other place should repulse us. We should be saddened by the thought that anyone would suffer eternal separation from God.

So, we reach out with the Gospel. We tell others how Jesus loves them. We offer to show them the path to Him.

Notice: no Hell-fire and brimstone here.

Hell is condemnation. It’s the place at the end of every path except the one covered in Jesus’ blood. Jesus came to offer life not condemnation (John 3:16-17).

We should have the same approach. We come in peace seeking peace between God and his enemy, every sinner.

When we live to reconcile others to Christ, we find peace and contentment. And unity with God.

To recap, the steps for finding unity:

  1. Accept that unity begins with you
  2. Act only as Christ’s representative
  3. Live according to Biblical standards
  4. Strive to reconcile others to Christ

Ahead: Unity: A Non-Example

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