It is a great joy to join hands, hearts and energy to work and share together. These children in Zambia are strengthening their friendships and enjoying being with friends. This is a visual picture of what the Apostle Paul had in mind in our passage for today. The great joy of investing in others, overlooking their faults, and reaching out in kindness and mercy is the opportunity of believers. Yet many times the focus is on what people have done to us or words that brought about strife and tension.
The great blessing of the body of Christ is to impact and reach a lost world with the Gospel. However this is often hindered and derailed by the actions and words among believers. In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus instructs that we are to be lights and salt in a world of darkness and sin. But the light is not shining in many instances because of the attitudes, confusion, and strife among believers.
By the power and wisdom of God working in the believer’s life, they can live as Paul writes about in Romans 12. Are we behaving as Christians? Is there strife and tension in our conduct? Matthew 5:23-24 instructs us to ask for forgiveness and Matthew 18:21-35 teaches us to forgive.
Are we lights in a dark world? Are we behaving as a Christian?