The gospel is all about the fact that we, through the death of Jesus, are reconciled to our perfect and good God—in whom is our every delight!
In light of this gospel, as Christians we should live with a heart towards reconciliation with our brothers and sisters. Yet over and over again as Christians and as churches, how many times do we take the path of least resistance when conflict arises---allowing relationships to fizzle out, breaking off relationships altogether, self-righteously judging from afar, aligning ourselves with the popular majority, building walls around our hearts…rather than doing the hard work of love. These are our instincts. These are my instincts (most especially in marriage). How this dishonors the gospel that saved me!Love pursues, love engages, love acts, and love hopes…even if it requires great sacrifice (and it usually does).
Dear Lord, convict our stubborn hearts! Open our eyes where we are blind. Help us to see where we are dishonoring the gospel of love! Fill us with the Spirit that we would have your eyes and your love for others, even those we find difficult to love and even when it costs us greatly to love. Give us the power, courage and conviction to do the hard work of love. May we be so rooted in your sacrificial and grace filled love that loving others in the same way becomes more and more natural to us. In Jesus name, Amen