One objective of every believer is to reconcile. To live at peace with others. While not easy because of our sinful nature this is how we, as Christ followers, are to live. Paul writes in 2 Cor 5: 14 – 18 that Christ died for all and all should live for Christ. That now we don’t see other people from a “worldly” point of view because we are a new creation in Christ. The old is gone – the new has come. He writes that “all this is from God” who has reconciled us to him and now gives us the “ministry of reconciliation”.
If indeed we lived this way there would be no divisions, all of humanity would be one, reconciled to Christ and reconciled to one another. We would be a singular “people”, made up of many individuals tied together in relationship.
Also in John 10:14 -16 Jesus says that he, as the good shepherd, lays down his life for his sheep. He must bring those not “of this pen” back. And with all restored there will be one flock, and one shepherd.
The concept of one humanity reconciled to Christ and to one another is what we as Christ followers are to strive and work for and what we have to look forward to. You are probably quite familiar with the parables found in Luke 15:4 and Matthew 18:12 about the shepherd that leaves the 99 to go after the one lost sheep.
Of course, the object lesson of this story is the pursuit of the one lost sheep and elevates the valuable of that one life . However, one may also observe that the flock is not complete until that one lost one is returned and the flock restored to the original figure of 100% completeness.
So let’s not consider others from a “worldly” point of view, the fleshly sinful way. But rather let’s operate in our new lives in our ministry of reconciliation to restore the flock to 100% completeness.