GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE CROSS
John 11:51-53 Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. So from that day on they planned together to kill Him.
PERCEPTION // What I see/hear God saying/doing:
I am one with others because Jesus died for us. There was no other way. Nothing compels like His death. No thought, idea, plan or point of theology will ever be compelling enough to draw me together with others. Those require my agreement of another’s plan, idea, etc. His death levels me. It lifts me up from my horrible state pitifulness and lowers me from my arrogant attitudes. His death levels me to same place as everyone else, one in need of a Savior.
PLAN // What I am going to do about it:
I’m deciding to give up my plans of convincing others to be unified. I am going to ask Jesus to show me one act of kindness each day for the next week. I will express it with a word about Jesus’ love of them.
PRAYER // Seal the deal:
Jesus, I am weary of people being mad at each other. I’m embarrassed about my own behavior. Please help me today to follow Your specific directions in an act of kindness that will come from Your heart through mine to someone that is feeling alone and separate.