Words of LifeÂ for this week are:
On the last day of the US Civil War, officer Joshua Chamberlain was in command of the Union army. His soldiers lined up on both sides of the road that the Confederate army had to march down in surrender. One wrong word or one belligerent act and the longed-for peace could be turned to slaughter. In an act as brilliant as it was moving, Chamberlain ordered his troops to salute their foe! No taunting here, no vicious wordsâ€”only guns in salute and swords raised to honor.Â
Imagine the impact in our workplaces and on our families if we were to embrace this principle. If a salute can make armies whole again, what power there must be in Christâ€™s grace reflected through us! Scripture gives evidence of this in Esauâ€™s embrace of his deceitful brother (Gen. 33:4), in Zacchaeusâ€™s joyful penance (LukeÂ 19:1-10), and in the picture of a father racing to greet his prodigal son (Luke 15).
With the grace of Christ, may we let this be the final day of bitterness and dispute between our enemies and us,
Pastor David Greenidge