Mental health experts tell us that the root of a dysfunctional behaviour is broken relationships. The danger is that we can carry our dysfunctional self into the church. We need to recognise that only Christ has the power to heal.

18 Now all things are of God,
who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ,
and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:18

Christ’s ministry of reconciliation sets us on the path of wholeness. Reconciliation implies the restoration to a place of favour. It was a monetary term used to describe the adjustment of a difference between two foreign currencies to guarantee equal value.

Christ’s redemptive act adjusted the difference between a holy God and us. When we understand reconciliation in this way, we can let go of our dysfunctional self by embracing the truth of who we really are in Christ.

No matter how painful and broken your life has been, the power of reconciliation can transform every part into something beautiful.

Beautiful stained glass windows are simply broken bits of coloured glass lovingly put together by a master’s hands. God can set right every irreconcilable chapter of your life. This was the life of Joseph in the Bible. He was never out of favour although everyone was against Him. Out of God’s favour, Joseph became a blessing to his family and the people of Egypt.

Since you are already fully reconciled to God, you no longer need to carry the burden of your dysfunctional self anymore. Moreover, you are called to be a minister of reconciliation to unshackle others from their burden by pointing them to Christ.

© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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