Monday, August 29, 2016

We are representatives of Christ together

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If there is one outer garment to choose that puts the whole ensemble together, says Saint Paul, it is love, "which binds everything together in perfect harmony." 

This is not a love simply based on feelings, but rather the self-sacrificing, outwardly focused love bound up in the Greek word agape. Love acts as the bond that holds the community together despite the circumstances and despite our individual faults, needs and hurts, and is the basis of our unity. It not only binds together all the other pieces of the new wardrobe perfectly, it creates a communal spirit that represents the body of Christ to the world -- a body in which the "peace of Christ" rules in the hearts of all. 

We are never just representing our individual selves; we are representatives of Christ together.