Mar. 12 – Tuesday                            Read 2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10

…We entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see–we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

 

from Tom Chafin, First Christian Church, St. Albans

            Saint Augustine once said “Jesus loved everybody He ever met as if that one were the only person in all the world. He loved all as He loved each.” Every person who ever looked into the eyes of Jesus found an affection looking back at them which said in powerful ways, “What happens to you makes a difference to me.”  Jesus brought the warmth of God into a cold and lonely world.

And so, God reminds us in our text; “I heard your call in the nick of time; in the day you needed me, I was there.”  (The Message) This challenges us to “drop our differences” and be reconcilers.

The great poet and preacher John Donne concluded his last sermon with this sentence; “There we leave you in that blessed dependency, to hang upon Him that hangs upon the cross.”

Here we hang, dear people, in blessed dependency awaiting Easter. Meanwhile “now is the day of salvation, now is the accepted time….be reconciled to God.”

O God, make us one with you and one with each other,

waiting, watching, and making way for your new day.

 

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