The Psalmist echoes for us what ought to be the joy of harmonious relationship within the body of Christ when he said, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers (and sisters) live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1). The Christian fellowship and the family of God, the Church is intended to continually reflect the person of Christ who loved us so much sacrificing His life for our eternal redemption. We are special people of God with new life purpose, agenda and lifestyle with the enabling power of the Holy Spirit planted inside us when we experienced spiritual transformation (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
We are called to the ministry of reconciliation as ambassadors of Christ in the world. We are not a cult, but people of God who have experienced and keep experiencing daily the unconditional love, grace and mercy of our heavenly Father through faith in Jesus Christ. Our life is supposed to be distinctively different from the people of the world who have tasted the gracious love of God. Hence, Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:1-3 thus; “Therefore I urge you, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God. .. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is . . . For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think. . .”
In view of our special, unique position in Christ as a result of spiritual transformation, we are to love and care for another being sensitive to one another’s situations. Apostle Paul admonishes that “If anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burden, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. . . (and, Each one will bear his own load” (Galatians 6:1-5).
Sometimes, we Christians are insensitive to our brothers and sisters who may be vulnerable, but rather we engage in further destructive gossips and behaviors that worsen the situation giving bad name to the Church of Christ that we are a part of. Such an attitude messes up our Christian witness to outsiders we are endeavoring to win to Christ!
Today, like Apostle Paul often urged the churches (Ephesians 6:19; Col 4. 4:13), Pastor Omoni urges us to continually be praying for him and our church’s leadership because of the difficulty of crisis and people management. And let us also be earnestly praying, loving and caring for one another especially when any of us may be in crisis.
Our attitude toward one another must be like that of Christ to His church constructively engaging and pleasing to God.
- Dr. Johnson Omoni