As I read this verse, I can't help but feel stuck by awe that it comes up today of all days. Christmas.
Christmas is like the ultimate picture of cultural disunity.
There is lots of unity as well. But it seems like more people have trouble facing family than the ones who love facing family.
Tensions come up and hurts are blatant and I wish I knew how better to apply the Gospel when I encounter those hurts.
Here is what I know:
As Christians, we are called to unity. There isn't an option for us to be for division or cruelty. We are called to unity.
Jesus is clear about forgiveness. We have to do it. And often. And again. And again. I think Jesus told the disciples to forgive 70x7 times because He knew that we might take time. That hurts would come up again and we would have to choose between forgiveness and bitterness.
I get that hurts are real. I've got lots. There are people who it's hard for me to be around because of their past words and actions.
Jesus conquered the power of sin and death.
He took all of the sins upon Himself. All of them. ALL OF THEM!
That is what I call the biggest deal ever.
We are called to unity. Pleasant is what it is entitled when we live in unity.
Forgive the people that have hurt you. Your hurts should be taken to the cross, not anywhere else.
You don't need to air your grievances any longer. At least not to more friends. Air them to the Lord.
There is a beautiful old hymn that goes this way:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will go strangly dim in the light of His glory and grace.
(Helen H. Lemmel)
Let's live like that. Eyes on Jesus. Eyes off of our hurts and pasts. Eyes glued to the glory and grace of the Jesus who became baby.