Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11
“I read the news today, oh boy!”
So begins the song “A Day in the Life” by Lennon & McCartney (The Beatles).
And the news that is read every day is mostly bad. Horrific. Despairing and depressing.
Yet another shooting, this time at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
No one was killed (as of this writing) but several were wounded, at least one critically.
Where I live (Chicago) the news media keeps a running tab on how many are killed by gunfire in the city each evening.
This is so very, very sad. And then, in order to heap anger on top of madness, some use these tragedies for political gain.
Can we all just get along? – Rodney King.
We all have opinions about things.
One person believes this about climate change. Another person believes that.
One person believes this about gun control. Another person believes that.
One person believes this about a baby in the womb. Another person believes that.
And if I believe one thing and you believe another, does that make us mortal enemies?
If you watch the news I wouldn’t blame you if you think that it is impossible to live at peace with each other.
But I don’t believe that.
I believe that it is possible to live at peace with each other.
How is it possible?
One word: Jesus.
St. Paul admonishes us to “Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace”.
How? By the power that comes from the truth, the fact, that “the God of love and peace will be with you.”
Because of our original sin and actual sin, we are mortal enemies of God. But God loves us so much that he sent his only begotten Son to reconcile us to himself.
Jesus the perfect God-man took all our sins and paid the full penalty for them on the cross.
He buried our sins in the tomb but left them there when he rose from the dead.
We now have true and lasting peace with God. Through the power of the Means of Grace (Word and Sacrament) we have the love and peace of God always with us.
And that love and peace overflows in our lives so that we can actually be at peace with others as well.
We have to use this power of love and peace.
I pray that we all can live at peace with one another, love each other, even if we disagree.
But it will only happen because of the love of God in and through Jesus Christ.
It starts with God and flows to his people through the Means of Grace.
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