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 The Mending: How God Changes Us

THE MENDING: How God Changes Us

First, Seek Him...

We are broken people, every one of us. Try as we might, we can’t just “fix” ourselves. We need God’s help – and the good news of the Gospel is through Jesus we can be reconciled to God and made new. Seek Him about this today! Think about how He is making you new!

...Then Speak Him

This discipleship conversation is the most important message we can share with the next generation. Christ died for us so that we can be reconciled to Him! He wants to “mend” and change every part of our lives for His glory. Engage this conversation with those you love!

2 Corinthians 5:18b
“…Christ reconciled us to himself…”

Word

God, what are you saying to me through this Scripture?

We live in a broken, sinful, hurting world. We can easily point to this all around us, but, if we’re honest, we know that we are broken, sinful and hurting, too. The good news is that, when we place our faith in Jesus, God doesn’t count all our brokenness against us. Jesus paid the price for our sins so we don’t have to! He forgives our sins, draws us back to Himself and heals our brokenness through “reconciliation.” This is a big word that means “I change.” Reconciliation is allowing our broken, sinful lives to be changed by Jesus. ~ Have you ever let God change you? How? How has He begun His “mending” work in you?

Why

God, why does this matter?

We can’t fix all the brokenness around us; we can’t even fix all the brokenness in us. However, our great God doesn’t make us figure out how to mend and fix ourselves. He helps us! He saves us! He heals us! He has the power and authority to forgive our sin and change our lives. “All this is from God,” the first part of our verse says (5:18a). Reconciliation is God’s mending work that we cannot do for ourselves but engage so He can do the work in us. ~ Have you ever been able to “fix” your own brokenness? Why do we need God’s help in mending us? Reconciliation with God starts with accepting His gift of salvation. Have you?

What

God, What Else Does Your Word Say About This?

When Christ reconciles us to himself, He changes us into new people. Our key chapter says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (5:17). “Behold” here means:  look, see, observe what is new about us! When we engage reconciliation with Jesus, our lives will show the evidence of His changes in us. Piece by piece, He is “mending” us, making us new people in His image. ~ What broken parts of YOUR life need God’s mending and changing right now:  an attitude, a way you talk, a way you treat others, a relationship? Be honest!

Worship

God, How do you want me to respond to this truth?

Change can be hard! We get stuck in our patterns and habits; sometimes we don’t even think our ways need to be changed. But God wants to reconcile us to Himself, in all things, in all areas of our lives. Before we can expect change in our broken world, we want to examine our own lives and make sure we are engaging God’s mending reconciliation in us. ~ How are you allowing God to change you this week?

2 Corinthians 5:18b
“…Christ reconciled us to himself…”

A Family Blessing

A Blessing from this Lesson to Speak over Those God has Entrusted to You!

Lord God, do Your perfect mending in our broken lives! We want to engage Your reconciliation in every area of us. We praise You for what You are doing in and through us for Your glory and our good. In Jesus’ Name, amen!

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