2 Corinthians 5:17-20
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Reconciled : In the Greek is katallage
To exchange, have adjustment,
Old word in the Greek language that refers to an exchanging coins.
WHAT IS REALLY FORGIVNESS?
1) FORGIVNESS is NOT CONDITIONAL
· NOT “I WILL FOR GIVE YOU IF”
· OFFERED EVEN IF IT IS NOT ASKED FOR
2) IT ISN’T MINIMIZING THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE OFFENSE
· IF IT IS WORTH FORGIVING IT DID HURT YOU.
· DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING WRONGED AND BEING WOUNDED
· WOUNDS ARE UNINTENTIONAL, BEING WRONGED IS INTENTIONAL
· WOUNDS DON’T REQUIRE FORGIVENESS THEY REQUIRE ACCEPTANCE AND RECOGNIZING THE FALLEN WORLD AND IMPERFECT ENVIROMENT,
· DON’T CHEAPEN FORGIVENESS
3) FORGIVNESS IS NOR RESUMING A RELATIONSHIP WITHOUT CHANGE
· NOT SAME AS REBUILDING OR RESTORING A RELATIONSHIP
· FORGIVNESS IS INSTANT, BUT TRUST IS REBUILT OVER A PERIOD OF TIME.
· IT TAKES MORE THAN FORGIVNESS FOR RECONCILIATION.
· FORGIVNESS IS BASED UPON GRACE, TRUST IS EARNED.
4) REAL FORGIVNESS IS NOT FORGETTING WHAT HAPPENED
· “HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN IT YET?” “I’M TRYING!” —- THE WHOLE TIME YOU ARE TRYING TO FORGET, CAN’T FORGET! WHAT ARE YOU FOUCUSING ON?
· YOU CAN’T FORGET SOMETHING BY TRYING TO FORGET IT.
· THE ONLY WAY YOU FORGET SOMETHING IS BY REPLACEING IT WITH SOMETHING ELSE.
· THERE IS SOMETHING BETTER FORGETTING IT IS REMEMBERING GOD! – ROMANS 8:28
· WHEN I FORGET SOMETHING, I DON’T THANK GOD OR PRAISE GOD!
REMEMBERING HOW MUCH I’VE BEEN FORGIVEN
KJV Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
WE NEED TO IMAGINE HARMONY, EVEN AT THE POINT OF GREATEST CONFLICT.
WE NEED TO LOVE PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE AT AND HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THEM WHEN THEY HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN THEMSELVES OR GOD.
THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION IS EXEMPLIFIEDBY:
1) PERSONAL INVOLMENT
2) PERSONAL ENCOURAGEMENT
Bitterness is loss frozen in resentment. Bitterness grows out of our refusal to let go when someone or something is taken from us.
You could argue that bitterness motivated Satan to attempt to destroy and thwart God’s plans. You could argue that bitterness motivated the Pharisees to have Jesus put to death. You only have to look at India and Pakistan, Israel and Jordan, Bosnia and Croatia, and Northern Ireland to know that wars are caused by bitterness, and that such bitter disputes fuel even more reservoirs of bitterness that last through generations, and continue to hold people in vice-like grips.
There are often physical consequences such as headaches, ulcers, sleeplessness, heart-attacks, anxiety, fear, tension, depression. This, of course, doesn’t mean that anyone with a headache or heart-attack is bitter, but prolonged bitterness will have physical consequences.
The mental consequences of bitterness are continued hypercritical attitudes. Nobody can do anything right. There is usually anger and resentment with things don’t go our way (and they often don’t).
And because of the attitudes that accompany bitterness, there are inevitably social consequences.
Bitterness is described as a root that grows into a poisonous plant. Bitterness spreads and infects others. They either catch the critical and grouching spirit from the bitter people, or they decide to avoid their company. And, of course, the rejection caused by the bitterness leads to the people concerned feeling even more bitter, and so the cycle continues. They rarely go because they feel rejected. And when they do go, they almost have to make sure that people will reject them. Churches have been paralyzed for years by unresolved bitterness, and so have individual Christians who refuse to deal with the bitterness they feel towards God.
Bitterness is loss, frozen in resentment. And bitterness is also a chain, tying us to the thing of person we want to be free from. Until we deal with the bitterness we cannot escape from the loss. People want vengeance, but end up with a hypercritical spirit, ulcers, rejection, and chains. We hope that our bitterness will in some way influence others, but all that happens is that it destroys us.
And it is not only anger that is a choice. Its close cousin bitterness is also a choice. We respond the people or events by saying: ‘You made me bitter …’ But, as Christians, we are not victims. We are responsible for we do, say, think, and feel. Nobody can make us bitter. We choose to respond to situations in a bitter way.
You know that it is not people or circumstances that make people bitter. What makes us bitter is our attitude towards people and circumstances. Its not the people or the circumstances. But the messages we tell ourselves, and its the feelings we nurture. You know that you can take two people and put them through equally horrendous circumstances, and one will come out riddled with bitterness, and another will come out radiant.
1 TIMOTHY 2:5-6
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be
testified in due time.
mesithi in Greek is defined as mediator , one who intervenes between two, either in order to make or restore peace and friendship, or form a compact, or for ratifying a covenant
THE SIMPLEST TRANSLATION OF THE WORD MEDIATOR IS “IN THE MIDDLE.”
In His Grace Forever,
Pastor Teddy Awad, CMHP
Young Adult Crisis Hotline
and Biblical Counseling Center