God is in the business of reconciliation. Since the beginning of time, God has been on a mission to reconcile His children to Himself. He is so serious about it, He sent His only son to die on a cross for us. He did this so that Jesus could stand in our place, sit at His right hand and be what we could never be.
Christ is our righteousness!
This is redemption.
This is forgiveness.
By my faith in Jesus, when Christ died, I died. The old is gone and the new has come. I am forgiven.
Even though Christ is my righteousness, conflict happens. Many people are surprised that churches are full of conflict. Salvation does not mean I, or any other Christian, become instantly perfect. Just as marriage is an intimate union of two people, church is an intimate union of believers. Conflict should not come to us as a surprise. Conflicts are an inevitable part of the church because it’s a melting pot of sinners saved by grace who are still doing battle with the flesh.
When the church lets us down, it’s easy to take it personal. It’s easy to internalize the battle and make it about us. But the conflict is not about us. It’s about Him. It’s about the spiritual warfare we take part in every single day – flesh vs. spirit.
As we are being perfected into the likeness of Christ, conflict within the body of believers will happen. When the church lets us down, we can choose forgiveness because we know this conflict isn’t ultimately about us and our feelings. It’s about the One who created us. We can choose to trust in Jesus, author and perfecter of our faith, because we can trust that He is in the business of reconciliation by looking to Calvary Hill.
Have you been hurt by the church?
Part 10 – Remember God Isn’t Finished Yet