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Bible Notes

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 (09.02.24)

This week we’re going to be reflecting on the ‘the web of life’ as explored on Sunday morning.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 (NIVUK)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 

This morning (Thr) I woke to a set of disturbing news headlines: the Labour party dropping their £28bn green investment pledge on the same day that we were told that the global temperature had exceeded the 1.5C warming threshold across the whole year for the first time; allegations that Pakistan’s elections are unfair and corrupt, and Netanyahu rejecting the latest ceasefire proposals in the Israel-Gaza war. Sometimes it seems as if the web of life we’ve been thinking about this week is unravelling around us as we watch. This is where it is important to hang on to our faith, as our faith allows us to keep C.A.L.M. because our loving God is faithful and works for justice, and we can trust him ultimately to work out his salvation plan. Does this mean we sit back and do nothing? No, the opposite! It spurs us on to be peacemakers and agents of reconciliation with him, each other, and the world he has put us in, knowing that this is his desire and will for now as well as then.

Father, help us to see more clearly your heart of reconciliation, that we might catch your vision and be reconcilers today.

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