Daily Topic for December 31, 2013
The final chapter of Revelation and, indeed, the final chapter of the Bible remind believers that there is but one priority for the church in this age: the return of the King of kings to rule this world. Paul writes that Christ is coming for all those who “long for his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8). Peter reminds us to “look forward and hasten his coming” (2 Peter 3:12). How different our lives might be if this were actually the way we lived? What if we lived every day with this one priority determining all our decisions? If every believer lived this way, we would do all we could to evangelize every nation.
Pray that we will have an eternal perspective so we may align our will with His.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another (Colossians 3:13). Musalaha means forgiveness and reconciliation, and it is the name of a Jerusalem-based grass-roots ministry that began in 1990. It provides the opportunity for Palestinians and Jews to dialogue and learn from one another through seminars and experiences, resulting in sincere exchanges of reconciliation. Through the Messiah there is hope for a lasting reconciliation of Jewish and Palestinian believers.
Musalaha’s vision is to create a neutral space for Messianic Israelis and Palestinian Christians to meet each other and receive training in reconciliation, which they believe is a four-step process. First there is confession, stating the truth and acknowledging unjust or hurtful actions carried out by both parties. Then there is repentance, turning from unloving to loving action. Third, there is reconciliation, expressing and receiving forgiveness and pursuing intimate fellowship with previous enemies. Finally there is restitution, attempting to restore that which has been damaged and seeking justice.
Musalaha has held many camps for Jewish and Palestinian youths in a neutral desert environment. The desert camp environment has been equally effective with young community leaders. They are currently focusing on fostering Christian unity among leaders in the Bethlehem community, especially women’s groups.
Pray that true forgiveness and reconciliation between Jewish Christians and Palestinian Christians will have far-reaching effects in demonstrating the power of Christ to reconcile sinners to God.-JSLearn more at joshuaproject.net
(See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWuOFX_XXmM and Musalaha.org)