Text – 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10:
6:1 As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says,
“At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
and on a day of salvation I have helped you.”
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!
It may seem odd that Paul is begging the Corinthian church to be “reconciled to God” since they represented the people who have given their lives to God and are practicing disciples. On the other hand, it seems appropriate since the work of reconciliation is an ongoing process in which Christians participate.
Paul said that living in that way means being conscious that we have a responsibility for each other, not wanting anyone to stumble in their faith as a result of our lives. And also demonstrating our allegiance to God’s purposes. Even when it means suffering in numerous ways.
Lent is a good time to be reminded of God’s reconciliation and to pentitently submitting to God’s offer of reconciliation.
Father in heaven, Thank you for the ways you have rescued us from the dominion of darkness, making us one of your children and called by your name. May we be willing to receive your offer of forgiveness. Not allow pride and autonomy to keep us away from your Love. On this Lenten day, help us to remember your hanging from the cross, offering us your forgiveness. In Jesus’ name we pray this. Amen.