Finally, brothers, rejoice! Aim for perfect harmony, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV
We are to rejoice. Why shouldn’t we? We have eternal life in Jesus Christ. We have been pardoned and cleansed in the blood of the lamb! We must always aim for perfect harmony. We might not achieve it, yet that is meant to be our aim. Many trials will occur for each of us, and we need support and comfort from others. We need to be encouraged, as we also need to encourage others. We must work for unity within the body of Christ. United we are so much stronger than we are separated. If we spend time tearing others down, how can we serve Christ? We can tear down evil ways, but, for those who commit evil actions, we must pray. Christ has given peace to those who belong to Him. Let’s live in that peace! We have been told that God will be with us. He will not leave us and go away. Any separation which occurs is of our doing, not God’s. Live in the love, joy, and peace of the Lord. Share the Good News with a hurting world.