TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, July 05, 2019:
One who reconciles disagreements between two or more estranged people; one who settles an issue.
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.
I Timothy 2:5.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Mediation is not without a price. Just ask someone who has hired a lawyer. Literally millions of dollars are spent on mediation by two parties when they face some sort of disagreement.
Has it ever occurred to you that you have a most important case pending? It is YOU versus GOD. Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned.” God is perfect and without sin and our sin separates us from God. In Isaiah 59:2 it reads that “your iniquities have separated you from your God.” We are in disagreement with God and our relationship with Him is broken. Therefore, we need a mediator.
God sent His Son to die on the cross to cover our sins in order that we could be reconciled to God. As we said, mediation comes with a price and Jesus paid dearly by dying on the cross to cover our sins. In I Timothy 2:5, Paul not only instructs Timothy but reminds us that the man Christ Jesus is the one and only mediator between us and God.
We cannot come to God except through Jesus. Jesus said this to us as recorded in John 4:6: “No man comes to the Father except through Me.” We ask you the question, “Have you met with your mediator today?”
Our children, like all children, did not always see eye to eye on issues all the time so they would get into verbal fights with each other. Each one thought that they were right and the other child was wrong. Once in a while it usually ended up that they would have to come to one or both of us to plead their cases. There sometimes was such a serious disagreement between them that the usual loving relationship between them was broken. They needed us to be a mediator to reconcile them.
Children are not the only ones who need a mediator to reconcile broken relationships in life. Most of the problems in our world are related to broken relationships over issues of disagreement. Mediators are necessary to solve the issues of these broken relationships.
We could not get along it seems, without a legal system of lawyers and judges who serve as mediators in settling disagreements between two parties. Even in churches today, pastors become mediators for those who come for counseling to settle their disagreements. Governments and political leaders have disagreements which are usually solved when a third-party mediator comes on the scene.
Our lives constantly are in a position where mediation of some sort is necessary. But the most important mediator for those of us who are believers is the mediator that God has provided us through His Son Jesus Christ.
Through our mediator, the Lord Jesus, there is no problem too big or too small that we cannot bring to our loving Heavenly Father.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 3:16.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Thank You God for sending Your Son to be the mediator who is always there to intercede for me before You. Give me the courage each day to talk to You through Your Son to confess my sins and ask for Your direction and open my ears to hear Your voice as I read Your Word. Help me to exalt Your name in all that I do.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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