On the Edge of the Year 2019
2 Corinthians 5 :17~20
17. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
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 mens sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
20. We are therefore Christs ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christs behalf: Be reconciled to God.
First of all, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Lord for His faithful guidance, protection and His abundant provision.
"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High."(Psalm 92:1)
Throughout the whole past year 2019, God has provided all our needs according to His good will.
We should be thankful for the Lord, our good shepherd who provides what His flock needs every moment. Even though so many people are still struggling with destitute, starvation and persecution right at this moment, God has never failed in His love for His children.
As we are standing on the edge of the year, we should forget for things we would regret and forgive for those who have done wrong things to us. We can declare for the freedom in Christ Jesus by shouting for this verse"The old has gone, the new has come! "(1 Corinthians 5:17)
One of the hardest things to do in life is to let go of old hurts. We often say or at least we think, “What you did to me and my family, or my friends I cannot forget. I cannot forgive…One day you will have to pay for it.” Sometimes our memories are so old. We even remember for years and years. And we keep asking for revenge.
Holding people’s faults against them creates a thick wall. But listen to Paul: “For anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old order is gone and a new being is there to see. It is all God’s work” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18). Indeed we cannot let go of old hurts, but God can.
Paul says, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not holding anyone’s faults against them (2 Corinthians 5:19). God can work in our hearts to help us forgive. So we are God’s ministers.
The God who reconciled the world to Himself gave us “the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19). This message calls us to let go of old hurts in the Name of God and to forgive those who hurt us. This is the message our world most needs to hear as we are closing this year.
Let us remember God’s unconditional love and His forgiveness throughout the past year. And we expect His steadfast guidance during the New Year because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.