All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.
The world is broken. It’s pretty clear that something isn’t right. But God doesn’t intend to leave things in shambles. His heart’s cry is for all of creation to be restored to him. That’s how much he loves us.
He provided a way for us to be restored to him. Pastor Tim often says this: “The cross is a symbol that God uses to tell us, ‘this is how much I love you. I would rather die than live without you.'”
It’s the greatest kind of love.
In John 13, Christ said, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
In his second letter to the church in Corinth, Paul wrote that God has made us agents of restoration. His appeal of “Come back to me!” is made through us.
As Christ gave of himself to restore us to God, so we must give of ourselves to restore our brothers and sisters to him.
I will restore them because of my compassion.
It will be as though I had never rejected them,
for I am the Lord their God, who will hear their cries.