Make a hot drink, settle into a comfy chair and take some time to read through the following devotion that Pastor Milton has written for you…
You might like to start with this prayer:
God – it is good to spend time with you. Calm my thoughts. Help me to hear you. Thank you for coming into my life in this moment. Amen

 Reaching out in love – Restoring broken relationships!

Read through this verse slowly. Pause and read it again.
Stay with it for a moment. What stands out to you? 

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18).

Devotion:

When Jesus died on the cross, he died for all. (2 Corinthians 5;15). Through Jesus once and for all death, he has opened the way for all of sinful humanity to be reconciled to God. Romans 5:10 speaks about God’s wonderful act of reconciliation: For while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. Reconciliation is a gracious gift that we receive from God in faith.

What does this mean for us? Paul gives us the answer when he says: …and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). God has entrusted the message of reconciliation to us, to his church. The church is called to proclaim and offer God’s gift of reconciliation to all people.

Through this good news, the Holy Spirit is at work restoring broken relationships between sinners and God. The Holy Spirit is at work through the life-giving word of God, through Holy Baptism and Holy Communion reconciling people and assuring them that they are God’s saved children.

The good news that God has reconciled himself to us through Jesus Christ needs to be heard in our world of broken relationships.

The world needs to hear that God offers his gift of reconciliation to all people. All who receive this gracious gift of reconciliation, then desire to be ambassadors of reconciliation to one another. This means that the good news of our reconciliation in Christ leads us to seek reconciliation within our personal relationships. The bible has a lot to say about how we are to restore broken relationships with one another.

As the people of God, we pray for our fallen world. We pray that the good news that God has reconciled the world to himself through Jesus Christ will lead to peace between nations, between cultures, between individuals.

Prayer:

Dear God, we give you thanks and praise that you have reconciled us to yourself through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Help us to be your ambassadors of reconciliation with all those that we come into contact with. We pray that you will bring about reconciliation and peace between warring nations, and between people from different cultures and backgrounds. We pray these things in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

You may like to add any other prayers that are on your heart.

Amen.

Stay a moment and be still.
When you are ready, thank God for the time that you spent together and move back into your day.