Wedding. What a celebration! Two families that may, for the most part be strangers, come together for a few hours to celebrate (and dance and party!) the love of two people.
How does this happen? Everyone already loves either the bride or the groom and everyone is prepared to love the other one. The love of the bride or groom is the common denominator. It’s the reason you talk with people you’ve never met, it’s the reason you eat with strangers and make small talk (remember the reception!). And, it’s the reason you sit in an audience and shed tears with people not in your family (yes…even you, Dad, as your little “feeheart” officially pledges her love to another man).
A wedding is a great picture of the church. People come together with friends and family and strangers to celebrate their love of a person…Jesus Christ. They get together one or more times a week, maybe to eat together, maybe to pray , maybe to learn.
That’s the picture you should get when you enter a church for the first time. A loving people, who love because they are emulating the one who loves them. A caring, compassionate people, willing to love you and desiring to take you into their family…no questions asked.
Been awhile since you’ve been to a wedding? How long since you’ve been to church? Maybe it’s time to try it again. Get together with some people to celebrate God’s love. You won’t stay a stranger long!
So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. Romans 14