We are not the enemy of each other. Many times, it is our mentality toward one another that stands against us. That which keeps us separated, divided, bitter and fearful of each other.
So often we hope that others wouldn’t exist. So often we hope they were done with. Yet, they are not the problem. It is only their mindset that we allow to hurt us. Uninformed mindset produces destructive results.
The gospel has only one agenda: to in-form us, to form within us the joy, the hope, the peace, the rest that is in Christ Jesus.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to cling to, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross.
“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the name above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:3-11)
Everyone wants to say something. And that’s exactly what got us in the ditch where we all are now. How about letting Christ say something? Actually, he did and does say something daily: the gospel. Such message is relayed in these words:
“God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them but canceling them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)
Reconciliation, that’s what we celebrate, that’s what we uphold, that’s what we rejoice in, that’s what we are to build our feasts around, the reconciliation God had established between himself and mankind through the blood of Christ Jesus, the full and only acceptable payment that overwhelmingly cancel the debts of our sins toward for all eternity. Now, that’s God’s version of reconciliation, a reconciliation that can never be broken by any means neither on earth, nor in heaven, nor under the earth.
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)