2 Corinthians 5:18-20

When we know that our life on earth is only a brief period in the span of eternity,  we want to make good use of our limited time to live a life without regrets, and get ready for our eternal life.

Relation regret ranked among the top of the list for things that people regret the most before they die. It seems to be common sense that meaningful relationships give life meaning, but ironically our life choices seldom reflect the importance of relationships. Even worse, we often hurt the ones we love the most.

Sin is the reason for broken relationships. Sin estranges us from God and from each other. Sin creates disharmony within the same household, erects racial barriers, and breeds national conflict. Sin is essentially self-centeredness. We by our own strength are not able to break away from our own self-centeredness. 

In 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, the apostle Paul shows us the way out that we can break away from sin and restore broken relationships in our lives. It starts from our reconciliation with God. God took the initiative to restore the relationship between himself and us through Christ, and appointed us to be his ambassadors to reconcile others to God and to one another.

Reconciliation is not something we can initiate by ourselves. In 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, God takes the initiative, he takes the first step to mend a broken relationship. God does not count our sins against us, he lays our charge on Jesus Christ. In the cross and resurrection of Christ, God offered mercy and forgiveness to us and paved the way for us to be reconciled to him. After we are reconciled with God, there is a chance for us to mend broken relationships with one another.  

Christians are ambassadors for Christ. By reconciling us to himself, God wants to enable us to reconcile with one another, to love, forgive, serve, and enjoy one another. God wants to bless us with an abundant life filled with meaningful relationships during our short time on earth.  

By reconciling to God, we can deal with our relationship regrets.