- Matthew 5:9 (ESV)
I am guilty of sometimes holding onto the wrong that people do to me. This is a very serious sin. As a believer in Christ, I now have peace (reconciliation) through Christ. My sins are gone and peace forever exists between God and me. That is the power of Christ’s death and resurrection.
Because peace exists between me and God, God calls me to spread that peace to other people. God commits to me (and to all other Christians) the word of reconciliation. Therefore, I (as are all Christians) am an ambassador of peace for Christ. As an ambassador for Christ, I am to beg people to be reconciled to God.
How do I spread peace? I spread peace not only by sharing the gospel of peace to people but also exemplifying it by forgiving people. I have no right, as a sinner turned saint, to hold onto wrongs done to me. My calling in Christ is to forgive (to drop the charges) of those who wrong me. This is being a peacemaker.
When I forgive people, I show them the forgiveness which is possible through Christ. I, within my own power, cannot forgive people. It is only through the ability that Christ gives to me. My forgiveness is really a reflection of God’s forgiveness. When I forgive, I reveal myself as one who can be called a child of God.
18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
- II Corinthians 5:18-20 (NASB)
- Pastor Randy