Brought to Christ. Hell or High-water?

by Mark T. Hancock · 0 comments

We can’t take our role as reconcilers too seriously.  The question is, how do we best go about reconciling others to Christ?

Some choose to point out the sin of others and command that they become right with God or else they will suffer eternally.  I am sure this is true.  Perhaps they will see some success in bringing them to repentance.

But could there be a better way?

What if we responded to every sin that we see with the encouraging word of an over-comer?

In other words, what if we shared a testimony of marital fidelity with someone caught in adultery?  Or a message of giving with someone controlled by greed?  A story of love with someone steeped in anger, or the power of forgiveness with someone bound by unforgiveness?

Instead of convicting them through harsh (albeit true) realities, let the tender realities of hope prepare their heart, then lead them through repentance.

In this way we show His way and, by His goodness (not our argument), they are led to repentance.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-19, New King James Version)

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