Made New

Daily reading: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Wednesday June 22, 2016

Focus passage: So then, from this point on we won’t recognize people by human standards.  Even though we used to know Christ by human standards, that isn’t how we know him now.  So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation.  The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!  2 Corinthians 5:16-17

“Once upon a time,” Paul writes “we used to see Jesus as only a person, an impressive person, maybe even as a prophet, or maybe you saw him as a false prophet like I once did and worked to make sure his followers were silenced and stopped.  But now that we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, everything has changed.”
No longer do we allow the pain of our past, the things we did to ourselves or neglected to do for ourselves, the things that others did to us, calcify our hearts making us bitter and withdrawn.  No, through Christ we now see the past differently, we see our experiences through the lens of reconciliation. 
Prayer: God we know that it is only through you that the world can be reconciled to you and to one another.  It seems impossible with news of violence beyond imagining, in words that break and split us apart, help us to find a way forward through your grace and love.  Help us to be agents of your peace.  Lead us toward reconciliation.  Through you all things are possible.  Amen.


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