Lent 2009 (37) – Friends with God

For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation…Romans 5:10-11

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sin against them. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

It is we who spoil the relationship with God through our sin, but it is God who takes the initiative to put it right: through Christ he offers us not just forgiveness but reconciliation – we can be God’s friends again! On the cross his arms are open to welcome us back.

As a sign of our thanks for the renewal of friendship he invites us to do the same: to forgive and make friends with others.

The cross – was it worth it? Yes – because of the cross I can be friends with God.

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