Thought du Jour – Reconciliation

We implore 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. Working together with Him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says, ‘In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold – now is a favorable time! Behold, now is the day of salvation!

– 2 Corinthians 5:20b – 6:2 (NIV)

Paul expresses a strong sense of urgency as he implores the church at Corinth to be reconciled to God. He provides a brief but powerful picture of justification and grace as well as a reminder that while grace is a free gift, it must be received and embraced to bring about salvation.

As followers of Christ we are agents of reconciliation (ambassadors for Christ, per v. 6:1a) to share the good news of God’s plan of redemption through His marvelous grace. But the passage reminds us that the age of grace will not last forever.

The clock is ticking. There is much work to be done.

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