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Reconcile yourself to God

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    Sharon
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    In the Responsive Reading it says “God hath reconciled us to himself by Christ Jesus”, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself” and to “be ye reconciled to God.” In the 1928 Webster dictionary it says that reconcile means “to call back into union and friendship the affections which have been alienated; to restore to friendship or favor after estrangement.”

    In these times man has gotten away from putting God first. Instead man has put jobs, money, houses, medicine, material gain ahead of God. Man uses human reasoning, human education, and so-called authorities to resolve our problems instead of asking God what to do and how to do it and then to obey Him. Let us reconcile ourselves to God right now. “The atonement of Christ reconciles man to God.” S&H

    Thank God for Christian Science and the teaching and living it in this church.

    #3966
    Espaid
    Participant

    Thanks for this post. I, too, have been thinking about the word reconciliation. I have read it in S&H but never really tried to understand it until now.

    This paragraph from the Bible commentary from Barnes helps me to understand what is needed more clearly:

    Reconciliation “conveys the idea of producing a change so that one who is alienated should be brought to friendship. Of course, all the change which takes place must be on the part of man, for God will not change, and the purpose of the plan of reconciliation is to effect such a change in man as to make him in fact reconciled to God, and at agreement with him.”

    #3967
    chardelle
    Moderator

    Thank you both for your posts about reconciliation. Working out our own salvation .. Christ Jesus was very clear about giving up the world and trusting God. Mrs. Eddy followed the Christ example and said this, found in the Lesson:
    “If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit. If honest, he will be in earnest from the start, and gain a little each day in the right direction, till at last he finishes his course with joy.”
    How wonderful!

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