[This is a post by Bob Mundorff, who is an intern at our church. Bob is a tough guy. He hunts rattlesnakes. He could beat me up. But I know more about Star Wars than him.]
I like to build stone walls. It’s not easy though. Stones aren’t like bricks with smooth flat sides, uniform in size and shape. They don’t just fit together. Stones have voids and depressions and bulges and bumps. I love it when I find two that fit together without wobbling… but that’s pretty rare.
Christians are a lot like stones (1 Peter 2:5). The Holy Spirit has waged war on our flesh, chiseling off many of our sharp sinful edges. But unfortunately in this lifetime, some awkward bumps and voids will remain.
So how do you take a bunch of incompatible, disagreeable stones and bond them into one strong, harmonious, unified body?
Mortar. (Mortar is a substance used for bonding blocks or stones together and filling the gaps between them.) A nice thick layer between stones fills up all those deficiencies, unifying them and bonding them together in the process.
Christians need mortar too. Do you have a wobbly or broken relationship with another Christian due to disagreement or sin? There’s nothing like a nice thick layer of love to fill up relational voids and bind broken relationships.
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:13-14 ESV)
… bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3 ESV)
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)
So slap some on today. And if you’re all out… go to God. He has plenty to go around. And he’ll share.