Brexit love – 2019

As I write, the machinations of Brexit continue to be in full flow. Hopefully they will be resolved by the time you read this – but somehow that seems unlikely!

We seem to have lost sight of the reasons for the Brexit referendum, and, despite politicians assuring us that they want to respect the will of the people, we are presented with political infighting as firmly held positions are defended, with very little in the way of compromise coming to the fore. Perhaps our politicians would do well to read Paul’s advice to the church in Colossae about how to live together, in the face of differing messages from various teachers.

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3: 12-14)

Perhaps perfect harmony is too much to hope for. Any sort of harmony at the moment would be welcome. Paul’s advice is clear.

Bear with one another – we are all individuals with our own quirks and eccentricities, that is what makes life interesting! It would be really boring if we were all the same. The faults of one can be counterbalanced by the attributes of the other, and together we become stronger if we listen to each other.

Forgive each other – it is in forgiveness we recognise each other’s faults, and acknowledge our own alongside them.

Clothe yourselves with love – love means we can value each other as individuals and respect our differing points of view, even if we don’t necessarily agree with them. If only our politicians could follow Paul’s advice – if only we could!

God bless Revd Martin Slocombe