2 Corinthians 5:16-20a
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 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 people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
“Let’s Get Uncomfortable”
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LET US PRAY:
Heavenly Father, you sent Jesus to earth to give his life for us, that we may be reconciled to you. Empower us by your Holy Spirit to help others be reconciled to you too, that in finding peace with you, we may find peace with each other. May we be peacemakers between different “worlds.” Help us not to be afraid, but to step outside our comfort zones in true love for others, because you sacrificially loved them too. In Jesus name, Amen.
After reading today’s scripture, prayer, and resource, reflect…
Which personal story in the article most drew your attention? Why?
What does it mean to be an ambassador?
The article states, “This is the problem we have within the body of Christ today. We want souls; we want to see people get saved, but no one wants to go and minister to them. But we have to go into the places where it might be a little uncomfortable.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Is there a context, culture, or group that is different than you, that God is asking you to get to know? To listen to? To love? To represent Jesus’ reconciliation?
Be sure to journal your thoughts. We will have a collective discussion at the end of this 2-week series. If you come across an article or a video link or a prayer that is relevant to this discussion about loving our neighbors, feel free to submit it to me. Thank you!