10.4.17 – 2 Cor 13:11

Last weekend my wife and I went to see the movie “IT”. She’s an avid Stephen King fan so I kinda had to go. First, I really enjoyed this movie, for me it was an updated Stand By Me with a scary twist. ****SPOILER ALERT**** IT knew that if he could divide the group then he could take them out by playing on their individual fears and doubts. In the end, this group of kids put aside their differences and supported each other to defeat “IT”.
I came away from this movie thinking about our current climate, the divisiveness that exists and how Satan is alive and well. 1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Regardless if you believe as I, there is no debate that we are divided. I can’t remember a time where it has been this bad. One of the problems is that we ALL look to the other side and say “you need to change”. There may be some truth to that but when was the last time that worked out for you?
As Paul concludes his second letter to the Corinthian Church he urges them to come together as one. He says “aim for restoration” which is a very active statement. That to do this, will require work and sacrifice of each individual. It’s more than a simple conversation and then a hope that the other person will change. As Christians we’re called to examine our own hearts, 1 Corinthians 11:28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
We can do the most good by making sure our motives are pure and then praying for God alone to work on the other party. By continuing to show those we disagree with the grace that he shows us every day. Most importantly, that we work together toward the peace that is Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 13:11 – 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.