Unity in Diversity

 

October 14

 

Read 2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

 

Reflect

How would it impact your church or community if everyone embraced these principles?

 

The Apostle Paul penned these words to the Corinthian church after the church had gone through serious problems with false teaching and division. The church needed to come together and unite under the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In order for that to happen, Paul gave them the following principles.

 

First, rejoice! Rejoice in the salvation they shared. Rejoice in what Jesus has done! Praise Him and spend time giving thanks. Gratitude and praise has a way of bringing people together.

 

Next, aim for restoration. Don’t part ways over disagreements. But whenever possible, seek to restore relationships with the people you are at odds with. He also said to “comfort one another”. Some versions say to “encourage one another.” Have a genuine concern for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Show them compassion and give them encouragement.

 

Finally, agree with each other and live in peace. This doesn’t mean that we will always agree with other believers on every issue. But it does mean that we will seek to be of one mind when it comes to our purpose and essential issues of doctrine. It means that we won’t quarrel and divide over nonessential issues. Paul had previously admonished the church with this in 1 Corinthians 1:10: “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgement.” Some people just like to argue and fight. Paul commanded the church to not be contentious but to live in harmony with each other.

 

The church today is facing many of the same concerns. It’s easy to let politics, drama, and bickering destroy church families. But friends, this should not be. Let’s be peacemakers today.

 

Pray

Lord, I want to be a Christian that walks in Your love and peace. Help me to live at peace and work in harmony with my church family. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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Amen.
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS I DONT GO TO CHURCH I NEED YOU TO TURN ME INTO A HOLY GHOST FOR YOUR WILL;*THANKYOUJESUS*
Amen
Lord Jesus, teach me those three steps again. Help me to be reminded of them as I encounter my contemporaries.
I am always inspired, uplifted, and filled with hope when reading Gods word. God promise to be accessible and He is. Help me to be a Christian that walks in Your love and peace.
yes, to share God's love, peace to others.
I pray that this can be taken outside to others so they can see GOD in action. especially now during this election time.
God keep giving me the spirit to help others in the mighty name of God
Loving Father, You have been and are so very good to us , even when we don't deserve it. Thank You for Your Grace and Mercy that surpasses all understanding. Father help me mend my relationships and seek unity with Your children. Grant me discernment and allow me to peacefully work out all issues and disagreements with others. I need Your help. Father I thank You and pray this prayer in Your Son, Christ Jesus name, Amen.
Blessed are the peacemakers!
I am blessed and thankful for today's reminder.
Thank you. I've been reading you for a minute and have decided to add you to my daily time. Again thank you
Wonderful reminder!
Thank you pastor God help us to know you the more in Jesus name Amen
The words that were written were great,1st.corithans 10, etc.Thank you Jesus for your great love.
I needed to hear that today. Thank you 🙏
Peace, peace when their is no peace! When believers get together their discussions should be scripture centered. I have found our love for Jesus can crush many arguments. Love overcomes a multitude of sins. Bible study together will keep believers together!