Ever had a disagreement? Most of us have, at one time or another, argued with friends, co-workers, bosses, or family members. Often couples argue over the checkbook, who is in control, what is spent and how much is spent. It sometimes takes another to step in and help us come together and reconcile our differences.
When a checkbook doesn’t balance, it is because the number of purchases override the amount of deposits we make into our accounts. When this occurs, we should figure out where we went wrong and correct the situation. That’s called reconciling, or balancing your checkbook. When we cannot find the error, often we write off a few cents or dollars to make it balance. That is what we need to do with relationships. Sometimes when we cannot see eye-to-eye, or we have grievances that another cannot understand, we need to “write off” the wrong to reconcile the relationship. We need to forgive. As humans, we make mistakes. Sometimes they are unintentional, sometimes intentional.
“We all sin and come short of the glory of God.”
This sin separates us from God. And there is no way to balance our account with God without a reconciliation. We have that through Jesus. Jesus atoned for our indebtedness to God. His death paid our sin-debt.
“But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy
in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”
You may have committed some sin you think is irreconcilable. The truth is, you are right. You cannot reconcile your sin. You cannot make up for your mistake. You cannot fix it by helping others, by giving out more than you owe, or even by shaking hands and forgiving another person who has wronged you. Your reconciliation to God comes through Jesus. He has reconciled you. He presents you as holy, without blemish, free from accusation. It is Jesus who does it all. God has the checkbook of your life. Jesus is the pen in God’s hand to correct and change the figures to balance your life. Jesus.
What joy there is in knowing this. What freedom we have in Christ. We no longer have to struggle to be righteous. Oh, the Bible reminds us that all Christians must pursue righteousness in how we live out our faith each day.
“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace,
along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
2 Timothy 2:22
But, how God views us is simple, Jesus made us righteous by His spilt blood and broken body. We need let Him handle the charges our sins bring against us. He erased them with His sacrifice on Calvary. He casts them into the deepest sea. And unlike us, who tend to remember the errors, Jesus erases the crime. It’s gone. Cannot be brought back up to weigh us down and destroy the peace of God. We can trust the LORD to do right, to make things right that are wrong.