“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ”.
2 Cor 5:18 NIV
Reconciliation on the human level is a rare but beautiful event. “When Abraham Lincoln was campaigning for the presidency one of his arch-enemies was a man called Stanton. For some reason Stanton hated Lincoln and went to great lengths to degrade him publicly. He even made rude remarks about Lincoln’s physical appearance. In spite of Stanton’s efforts Lincoln was elected President of the United States. Then he had to choose his cabinet which would consist of persons who would be his most intimate associates in implementing his programme. He started choosing people here and there for the various secretaryships. Eventually he had to appoint his secretary of war, a very important portfolio. He chose Stanton. There was an immediate uproar in the inner circle. Friends were warning Lincoln, “Mr President, you are making a mistake. Do you know what Stanton has been saying about you? He is your enemy and will make trouble for you, Mr President?” Lincoln’s answer was simple. “Yes, I know Mr Stanton. I am aware of all the bad things he has said about me. But after looking over the nation, I find he is the best man for the job”. Some years later Lincoln was assassinated. Among the many tributes to his life was the statement from Stanton. Standing near Lincoln’s dead body he said, “Abraham Lincoln is one of the greatest men who ever lived. He now belongs to the ages”. Through the power of love, Lincoln had changed Stanton from being an enemy into a friend” (M.L. King, Strength to Love, p53).
Paul saw the sacrifice of Christ on the cross as God’s action to reconcile human sinners to himself.
Lord, thank you for reconciling me to yourself through Christ.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
I pray today Lord for the patients in psychiatric hospitals. Grant that they may be given excellent medical care and oversight by qualified psychiatrists. Help their families to remember them at all times and to extend such care to them as they are able. Prompt society in general to understand and support them. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name. AMEN