There was a widow by the name of Roxie Vaughn, eighty-two years old, blind from birth. We told her, “Roxie, we are coming in to restore your house and winterize it.” Roxie was delighted. “Six convicts will supply the labor,” we continued; then she turned ashen white. You see, Roxie’s home had been burglarized four times in the previous two years. But the third day those convicts were in her house, there was Roxie playing her small electric organ, and there were the six prisoners behind her singing “Amazing Grace.” That is the reconciling power of the Gospel!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”—2 Corinthians 5:17-21.