These are notes I took from Phillip’s lesson.
Life is not like a white board or making a movie-where you can shoot scenes again if it is not right.
2 Cor. 5.14-21-Paul says God has immeasurable love for us, sent His Son as payment for us-making us a “new creation”.
Kind of like criminals can be put in the Witness Protection Program.
vs 18-21-God wanted to be close to us-problem, our sin stood in the way-dilemma of the whole Bible–so, God made Christ carrier of our sins-God no longer holds our sins against us in Christ-like a bill with no balance.
Through Christ, we can be reconciled to God.
Did you know the soldiers at Gettysburg had a reunion 50 yrs. later-meetings, meals, reenactment-same soldiers who fought in the battle but with no weapons-instead of shooting, they embraced.
We all need to be reconciled with God-the love of God is the mightiest force. The only thing is if you want to do it.
How you can start over:
1) set new goals in Christ 2 Cor. 5:14-15-“…live no longer for themselves but for Him”-values change
2) see people differently-vs 16-17-“regard no one according to flesh; old things have passed away-a new creation…”
You have a new relationship with your past.
3) move on from bad experiences-with Christ’s help, from how you think and feel toward people. Other people may have wronged you in the past but don’t let them destroy you. It really is about you and God.
You can start over:
People have a hard time accepting change in us but God doesn’t. It takes time for them but from the 1st day, God will let you be a new person.
John 3:16-“…born again…”
1 John 2-“may not sin, if, we have an advocate…”
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Andrea has been doing a series on Serenity and finding peace in your life. I heard an incredible story recently and thought it would be perfect for her theme.
In 1913, 50 years after the battle at Gettysburg during the Civil War, the soldiers had a reunion. No one brought weapons and the 50,000 men, who attended this reunion were totally different men than they were in 1863, when they fought the battle at Gettysburg. Soldiers from the North and the South attended and ate meals together, shared war stories, listened to the National Anthem together and were privileged to hear the president address their heroism in a speech. The most amazing thing to me is that they did a reenactment of Pickett’s Charge. People have done reenactments of battles but these were the actual soldiers, one side charging across the field and the other climbing over the fence, ( that in itself is impressive, fifty years later), to face each other. This time, they had no weapons and instead of shooting each other, they embraced. Amazing, isn’t it?
I think we can learn a lot from these men. They took the phrase, “A lot can happen in fifty years,” and gave it a new meaning. The Civil War was such a personal war, with feelings of anger and hatred-with only forgiveness and peace left in the fifty years that had gone by.
I found a video on Youtube that talks about the 50 year reunion and shows actual footage of their 75 year reunion. You will see two opposing soldiers sitting side by side, Pickett’s Charge reenacted with a handshake at the end, ( and the cute little old men more than happy to demonstrate a Rebel Yell). I was impressed when I saw the soldiers playing their drums and one playing the flute.
A bitter and fierce war turned into peace and laughter years later. All the things we can learn from this.