Every week at our church we have something transitional in the order of service. It’s a short exhortation that helps us transition from our occupation with the secular, and focus our thoughts on the sacred. Various elders and aspiring leaders are given the opportunity to present these, and I’ve included one below.
By Ryan Hodson
When we are wronged, hurt, or sinned against, our flesh likes to hold a grudge. Scripture tells us that love keeps no record of wrongs, but if we’re honest, we often keep records. We hide them deep in our hearts. We say things like, “I forgive, but I can’t forget.”
According to our Lord Jesus, his followers don’t so this. They are not grudge-holders, but peace-makers. If we cast aside pride to make peace there will be blessing, and we will be called sons of God. You see, when you and I make peace with those who have wronged us, we take after our heavenly father, the ultimate peacemaker. God gave mankind abundant blessings in the garden, but his kindness was repaid with evil. We have declared ourselves God, spitting in the loving face of our Creator. God’s response was not a grudge. In fact, he gave even more of himself, sending his precious only son, Jesus Christ, to reconcile us back to himself by being brutally murdered and nailed to a cross, the righteous for the unrighteous.
Instead of keeping a list of wrongs, God blotted out our sins with the blood of his son. We make peace with others because God first made peace with us. Our sins are infinitely worse than anything we could suffer a the hands of another person.
So as we sing praises to our great peacemaker and hear from his word this morning, let us ask him for grace to see the cross with fresh eyes, so that we might be peacemakers and live lives worthy of the gospel.