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Ambassadors of Reconciliation

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins gainst them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are threfore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 NIV


We are ambassadors of reconciliation. Our mission is to bring reconciliation to others--that they may be reconciled first to God and then to each other. If this is my mission (and yours), have I been reconciled to God? What about reconciliation to others? Have I sought reconciliation between me and those who have hurt me or who I have hurt? Can I be an ambassador of reconciliation if I haven't?

What does an ambassador of reconciliation do? What is reconciliation? "Reconciliation is changing for the better a relationship between two or more persons." (Dictionary of Theology) So the ambassador of reconciliation is someone trying to improve relationships between men and God and between people. God is aching for all mankind to be reconciled to him--to be in good relationship with him--though presently most are not. One could argue that even most Christians are not. He also wants us to be reconciled to each other (Romans 12--as far as it depends on you, live at peace with all men).


In a sense, we ambassadors are mediators between man and God and between man and man. That sounds rather heavy but Peter writes, "You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood...." (1 Peter 2:9) We, as God's chosen people, are priests (mediators) to the unsaved. It's a serious responsibility. What am I doing to bring people into a better relationship with God and with each other? Am I doing this at all or does my behaviour cause others to break relationship with God and others?


God, I want to be an ambassador of reconciliation--to encourage better relationships in all spheres. Please show me where I fail to do this and give me wisdom and courage to do this task you have given to all believers.

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In My Prayer Room

Oh God
You surround me with your love,
with memories
of who you are
of what you've done
of promises you've made
of who I want to be
of who I am because of you.

You give me hope and joy,
peace and gratitude.
You convict me
and teach me
encourage me
and remind me
of what it means to follow you.












You listen to my prayers
and grant my requests
in your time.
You give me insight
and knowledge
and words to write
to share your presence
your goodness
your love
your admonition
with others.























You expand my love
to pray for friend and foe
near and far
family and stranger
people as pins on maps
clustered and scattered
who know you and reject you
for those in need
and those too full to need.


















You draw me close
and then release me
to bring you close to others
to serve
and love
and give
all I have received.

You fill my heart with joy
that warms
and glows
and bursts
into laughter,
song
and even dance.

You wrap me in your arms
and tell me
"You are mine"
with intensity that burns
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