Reconciliation Changes Relationships on a Heart Level by HAMILTON STRATEGIES for Charisma News
Culturally and socially, the word “reconciliation” has taken on a new meaning—and urgency.
But for a group of national leaders led by Jonathan Cahn and Kevin Jessip, spiritual reconciliation—a change in the relationship between God and man—has always been a deep need for America and the world. And that reconciliation with God is needed now more than ever.
Many months before COVID-19 and unrest rocked the nation, Cahn and Jessip were in the planning stages of a national and global movement called “The Return,” which will culminate with a major event on Sept. 26 in Washington, D.C., to spur people everywhere to call upon the Lord and repent.
“Reconciliation means ‘change’ or ‘exchange,'” Jessip notes. “It involves a change in the relationship between God and man—and also between man and man. For true reconciliation, both parties acknowledge a break or offense has occurred. We must then forgive one another, release it to God through Jesus Christ, who is ever interceding for us at the right hand of the Father. This is key! Then we confess it as sin and humbly repent of it.”
Adds Cahn, “For reconciliation to be real, there needs to be true repentance—a turning away from sin—to start anew, so it does not reoccur. In Romans 5:6-11, Paul says that before reconciliation, we were powerless, ungodly, sinners and enemies; we were under God’s wrath. Because of change or reconciliation, we become new creatures.”
Jessip and Cahn also point to 2 Corinthians 5:17—”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”—as well as 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, where it is noted that “God gave us the ministry of reconciliation” and “He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
“The whole message of reconciliation is centered around the love of God and the death of Christ,” Jessip says. “The message of reconciliation or salvation that has come from God through Christ has been passed on to us. The ultimate aim is that we are not only justified or vindicated, but that we might become the righteousness of God.”
Central to The Return movement is the fact that reconciliation is one of five elements of a journey that leads to God’s redemption of the human condition, knowing that it is only the Holy Spirit who can lead a person to return to God: repentance, reconciliation, restoration, revival and reformation.