Thursday, March 15, 2007

Starting Over: Being Reconciled

This is the topic for worship, March 18. The bulletin with notes is here. There is explanation/info in the notes, so I won't repeat that here. The issue this week is being forgiven by those whom we have hurt, harmed, or offended. This is receiving forgiveness. Last week was about giving forgiveness.
Here are the Scriptures:
2 Corinthians 5.17-21
Colossians 1.15-22
Matthew 5.21-24

Reconciliation with each other is possible because of Christ's reconciling work.

Think about the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden. After their sin, they chose to hide from God, and then blame others and make excuses instead of seeking reconciliation. I think this was the biggest wrong. I'm sure it hurt the heart of God. Adam and Eve's behavior was motivated by fear and pride. When we blame or excuse or avoid people instead of making things right, that is also usually motivated by fear and pride. May God give us the grace to be reconciled with our brothers and sisters. More Sunday.

If you look at the bulletin, you might be curious about the band-aids. If you are in worship with us Sunday, you will find out what they are for. If not, my post-worship post on Monday will explain everything.

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