If you want an example of something hard to do, embarrassing, but striving for love, and have 38 minutes, this might be useful for you.
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We are not able to reconcile ourselves to God. He completely reconciled all things, including us, to Himself by the work of Christ, resulting in peace. He makes us new creatures on the inside while we are still in the same decaying sinful bodies. We are being changed from one state to another as we keep faithing: ungodly made godly, sinners made saints, enemies turned allies, aliens brought close, strangers no longer estranged, and far off brought near.
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Pastor Melissa Scott exposed the truth about the dimensions of Christ's work at the cross.
2 Corinthians 5 King James Version
1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
12 For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.
13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.
14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
For a software guy with no talent in art to have a friendship with a remarkably gifted artist was a joy. This is a celebration of the art of John Painter, a friend, and an encouragement to reconcile.
A fundamental concept in the Bible is the Lord’s reconciliation with His elect. His command to us in Matthew 5:24 is to do the same with others. It is not only a command, it is a gift. Let’s celebrate and live out that gift.
The related video “Naming Names” is at: https://www.bitchute.com/video/g93f69jGzvJW/
This is my effort to reconcile. I hope you will find an example of a man who has received the Lord’s mercy and is striving for mutual mercy with others.
An important follow-up video: https://www.bitchute.com/video/ozlOksMfbTLR/ “The Artistry of John Painter – A dialog on Reconciliation”