The world seems to be full of division at the moment. How will God bring us back together?

Today is Remembrance Sunday.




Human beings are capable of some incredibly GOOD things.  Amazing stories of love, compassion, generosity and skill that saves and transforms this world and the lives of others for the better.


And human beings are also capable of some incredibly EVIL things.  Awful stories of hatred, bitterness, greed and selfishness that destroys and makes this world and the lives of others worse.


Each of us is capable of really good and really bad things.  We have many successes but also many failures.  We struggle to hold it together and sometimes it falls apart.  

 

What is true of individual human beings is also true of families, friends, colleagues, teams, governments and nations.  We have many successes but also many failures.  We struggle to hold it together and sometimes it falls apart.

 

The Bible says:

Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God’s glory. (Romans 3:23)

 

Someone once said, "The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart."

 

The Bible says:

A human heart is more dishonest than anything else.
    It can’t be healed.
    Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)


Division, hatred and conflict is everywhere in our world, in our families, in our hearts.


Who are the good guys?  And who are the baddies?  It's just not that simple.  Each of us are divided.


Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who was a Russian author, historian and Christian born in 1918 said it this way:

"The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either - but right through every human heart."


I think he nailed it.  He's simply repeating what the Bible teaches about human beings and the sin problem we all have.  Each of us are a mixed bag.  Good and bad.  Things we can each be proud of and things we should each be ashamed of too.


The same is true when we scale everything up to nations.  

 

And so our question is a good one:  How will God bring us back together?


This question looks to GOD for the ultimate answer.  How will he bring us back together?  EACH of us and ALL of us?  And how will he bring us back together WITH HIM too?


The Bible uses a brilliant word: RECONCILIATION.  It means making enemies friends again.  Mending broken relationships.  


Here's just one part of the Bible that tells us about this amazing RECONCILIATION that only God can do.  Read or listen to the words carefully.  Maybe read them twice.  I believe they are God's words to us today.  Not just paper and ink or pixels on a screen but GOD SPEAKING TO YOU RIGHT NOW  about how he wants to bring each of us and all of us back together with him by putting our faith in JESUS.  God has a BIG plan!


Here we go...

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

And in simpler words (the NIRV Bible) for younger readers...

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

16 So from now on we don’t look at anyone the way the world does. At one time we looked at Christ in that way. But we don’t anymore. 17 When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here! 18 All this is from God. He brought us back to himself through Christ’s death on the cross. And he has given us the task of bringing others back to him through Christ. 19 God was bringing the world back to himself through Christ. He did not hold people’s sins against them. God has trusted us with the message that people may be brought back to him. 20 So we are Christ’s official messengers. It is as if God were making his appeal through us. Here is what Christ wants us to beg you to do. Come back to God! 21 Christ didn’t have any sin. But God made him become sin for us. So we can be made right with God because of what Christ has done for us.

 

Can you figure out God's answer to this question from what he says here?  There are lots of clues!


I'll leave you to listen carefully to God and to talk to him about what he says.  And I pray you will know his RECONCILIATION and he brings you back together with him and with others because of Jesus!

 

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