Read 2 Corinthians 5:11- 21.

Reconciliation is the removal of hostility and the act of restoring a relationship between two parties.

There is a truth about humanity’s relationship with God that makes many people upset. Put simply, we are not all children of God. Actually, Scripture tells us the opposite, that we, before Christ, were enemies of God. That is the harsh reality of our sinful nature.

In the beginning, we lived in perfect fellowship with him in paradise. But sin changed the nature of that relationship. Sin entered the world, and it fundamentally changed us. That’s one of the things sin does! It damages our relationships, with each other, with God, and with ourselves. No longer was it possible for us to be in his presence.

To be clear, it is not God’s desire that we would be separated from him. He’s not being cruel. He’s not being petty or unjust. It was our sin that caused separation, not God. In his mercy, God gave everything to change the reality of that relationship. We sinned, we broke the relationship, and God fixed it

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
— 2 Corinthians 5:18–19

Now, through Christ, we are reconciled, and those who are saved are no longer enemies of God. We are his children — new creations.

Today, think about how sin has damaged your human relationships. Is reconciliation possible in those relationships? Does it surprise you to know that you were once an enemy of God? How did Christ reconcile us? Spend time thanking God for that.