S (Scripture): 2 Corinthians 5:16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh; even though we once knew Christ according to the flesh, we know him no longer in that way. 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
O (Observation): Paul brings an understanding of what it means to be transformed in Christ. Paul points out that in Christ, we are reconciled to God. This means that God looks upon us with favor, out of mercy.
Jesus himself took on our nature, our flesh, and redeemed it, reconciled it to God. In the cross, Jesus said, I am of the flesh…and God transformed Jesus through his death and resurrection.
Jesus is no longer to be seen according to the flesh (just skin, blood, bones, etc.). He is one with God. Paul calls all believers to look upon one another as more than just flesh, but also, as God’s chosen…as one with God. And so, we forgive one another, and acknowledge one another’s repentant hearts.
A (Application): Jesus made us right with God. And now we are called to make others right with God and with one another. We received grace and mercy. Now, we are to pass on this gift of grace and mercy. We are to look upon others with grace and mercy, and be ready to forgive and re-build were brokenness exists.
Let’s go and do this today. Where can you help build relationships and bridges?
P (Prayer): Lord, we cannot repay you for what you have done in reconciling us with God. So, we pay it forward, looking at others not according to the flesh, but as God’s beloved, with grace and mercy. Amen.