Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. Psalms 126:5
We are average Americans. All sections of this country and many of its occupations are represented, as well as many political, economic, social, and religious backgrounds. We are people who normally would not mix. But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful. We are like the passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain’s table. Unlike the feelings of the ship’s passengers, however, our joy in escape from disaster does not subside as we go our individual ways. The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us. But that in itself would never have held us together as we are now joined. Source
Is this how we live or is this merely the idea of how we live? Do we love one another on the surface or do we love one another with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our spirit and all our strength? Do we? Is not loving one another the same as loving the Lord, Jesus Christ? It is through Jesus Christ that we are joined. When we live through His grace, forgiveness and mercy we share a bond that nothing, no ruler, no enemy can break.
When we recover from disaster, be it great sin or the sin of forgetting to pray before a meal, all sin should bring us to the same place – confession and repentance. When we live with an attitude of forgiveness, repentance and gratitude the whole world looks different. People we encounter are not scary monsters, but are seen, rightfully so, as our brothers and sisters in Christ. The joyous roar that emanates from our heart can not be contained – it must be set free. We must share this joy with others
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; ~Isiah 61:1 NKJB
Either the Gospel is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.