HARMONY IN THE COMMUNITY (2)
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:3-13
Harmony is concord or agreement. Another word for harmony is “peace”–and making peace is often very hard work. Among the most difficult works in the church is the duty of promoting harmony among her members. The art of “keeping the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace,” in Ephesians 4:3, requires believers who are characterized by humility, persistence, and a passion for the body of Christ. We give God honour when we pursue harmony.
How do we get everyone to love one another? How do we bring the Baptists and the Anglicans together? The Methodists and the Presbyterians? The Lutherans and the Catholics? Winners and Deeper Life Members? And how do we achieve harmony beyond the wall of the church in all creeds, classes, and groupings of people? Between Jews and Arabs, Igbos and Hausas, Yorubas and Edos? Between men and women? Africans- Europeans and Americans and Chinese? How do we respect each other’s traditions and cultures without compromising the essential truth of our gospel convictions?
Unity and harmony among believers were foremost on St. Paul’s mind, in his prayers, and on his agenda. Are unity and harmony foremost on our minds? Or do we run a mile at the first hint of trouble? Are we “peace at any price” persons, or are we belligerent fighters who take pride in causing rifts and divisions among ourselves? promoting personal agendas, and ultimately caring only for their selfish purposes.
St. Paul knew of only two ways: to ground all relationships in the one relationship all believers have with the Lord Jesus Christ, and to rely on the power of the one Spirit who lives in all believers to maintain unity. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9). Also read Romans 12:16-21.
MASS: GREEN 1 Cor 5:1-8; Ps 5:5-6.7.12(R.9a); Accl Jn 10:27; Gospel Lk 6:6-11
1. Lord Jesus Prince of Peace, I especially ask that I would become a person whom You can rely on to extend, promote, and encourage peace in every encounter I have today and every day. I take the seeds of peace You have given me through your Holy Spirit, and I will with great intention sow them everywhere I go. “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”- Amen
Exercise: Join the DSDPN every Tuesday early Morning Prayer Session From 1:00am -2:00am.
DSDPN PRAYER POINTS:
1. Start tonight with praise and worship.
2. Take the General prayer of faith in Amen it is done
3. Take the Thank You Jesus Rosary in Amen It Is Done
Meditation: 1 Corinthians 1:10