There will be no war or division in Heaven. Imagine that for a minute,.. there will be sweet reunion between rifts that opens its arms in peace, but even more so we’ll be joyous in it! We all will gladly shake hands and hug, and no longer hold onto grudges or hatred. The burn of the past will be swallowed up because it’s all been left on the cross. We are being prepared for that heavenly day, and until then we are to learn how to reflect forgiveness on earth for Christ.
I am constantly praying for the strength and determination to love others.. especially those I’m quick to push away or call my enemies. Too often my thoughts think the worst and want to get even, and it‘s very hard to want to bless others or to pray for them. Personally, I know I AM very hard to love… and every time I experience grace in my family or church or marriage, there’s a deep relief and healing that corrects my inner grief. Reconciliation isn’t two parties being nice superficially and denying problems between them, but it is a kind gesture always on the table, needing lots of patience, that really seeks to work things out. It hopes things will grow healthier with each conflict resolved and, if permitted, will learn how to see others with great care and joy. When we work towards reconciliation we are proving to all those watching that God in fact is a redeemer and doesn’t want to forsake people.
What if instead of fighting for self gain we fought to get out of the way, leave our rights and feelings aside, so many more can see the Gospel? God understands our struggle and cares for us when we’re hurt, but what if our choice to love like Christ, even forgive, lead to someone else’s salvation? If Christ indeed is our hope, let’s mark ourselves with His blood that unites every bridge. The world needs Jesus, so let’s inspire each other by being good company and leaving the fragrance of grace and mercy behind.
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility”
Ephesians 2:13-14 ESV