Jan 24 – Reconcile to rejoice in God

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement
give you the same attitude of mind toward each other
that Christ Jesus had,
so that with one mind and one voice
you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.    ~~Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)

We have all said, at one time or another, how we miss the ‘good old days’ … whatever that means for you.  If we’re honest with ourselves, the only ‘good old days’ were in the beginning, we had one expectation (take care of the Garden of Eden) and one rule (don’t eat from one tree).

“The LORD God took the man and put him
in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
And the LORD God commanded the man,
“You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”  –Gen 2:15-17 (NIV)

We will see that just as God’s promises weren’t kept here we continue to mess up again and again. Thank God, literally, for the gift of Jesus Christ.  I don’t know about you, but one of my big questions for God is, since He knew how bad we were going to mess it up, why didn’t he make us different or less able to mess up so well?  Ever since we broke His trust in us in the garden, God consistently strives to reconcile with us.  All He asks for is for us to worship Him.

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body,
arm yourselves also with the same attitude,
because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.  
As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly
lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.  
For you have spent enough time in the past
doing what pagans choose to do—
living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness,
orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.            ~~1 Peter 4:1-3 (NIV)

Some of you are going to say you’re trying, but did you miss a step in the process?  Before we can fully reconcile with God, we must reconcile with each other.    We must admit and apologize for what we’ve done wrong or has hurt another.  We must accept the forgiveness when it is given and when it’s withheld,  accept the fact that all you can do is ask for forgiveness, you can’t make the other accept it.  We must listen for God’s callings and respond to them, as He wants.    We must, in times of frustration or anger or bitterness stop and check our attitude; and ensure that we “have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had”.  We’ll always struggle with getting it right, but a blessing assured to us is that it’s the condition of our heart that is checked at judgment time, not just our success rate.

Abba, Grant me the endurance and encouragement so I have same attitude of mind toward my brothers and sisters as You did.  then, as one voice, being reconciled with each other, we are reconciled in You and lift up one voice to glorify God and Father

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Published by: seekersofchrist

After a time of rest, it's time to resurrect this blog with a light on prayer and building our own personal prayer garden. A woman of faith, I want to share my personal insights into God and the Gospel in the hopes that these touch another heart, encouraging them to come to Christ.

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