Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:25-26
As we come to feed on the table of God’s word today through this devotional, may we experience his strength and glory as God’s people. In Psalm 133:1 -3, the scripture declares, “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.” Put differently, if I am not living in harmony with God’s family, then I will not have the blessing of the Lord’s strength and anointing in my life. With unity, we see: blessings, strength, glory, harmony, and anointing. Unity brings strength, unity brings anointing, and unity binds us in holiness as the bride of Christ. Unity, like the precious oil, is healing, unity pleases the Lord, unity is living together in harmony among the brethren, and unity is bound by peace, and is possible through complete love. We need unity in the gathering of brethren. Unfortunately, some persons closest to us are the most difficult to stay in unity with, but we need to do everything we can to live our lives pleasing to the Lord. According to Fulton Sheen, “The spirit of community or togetherness is better achieved where there is the surrender of the self for another. Nothing so much destroys personality (community) as the sense of self-important. I first, demands that everything should be as I wish, and as soon as it is not, we begin to complain and anger sets in. ”
Dear friends, from our scripture reading today; “That there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” We realized that unity is not uniformity rather as 1 Peter 3:8 says; “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a
tender heart, and a humble mind.” Philippians 2:1-3; “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Let us conclude today’s reflection with the words of Pope Francis, “Although the charisms which the Holy Spirit “brings forth ” in the Church may at first appear to “create disorder, ” they in fact “constitute an immense richness, because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of unity. If we let ourselves be led by the Spirit, however, richness, variety and diversity will never create conflict, because the Spirit spurs us to experience variety in the communion of the Church. When we tiy to create unity through our own human designs, we end up with uniformity and homogenization. ”
- Thank the Lord for His word today.
- Take the Prayer of Daily Consecration to God.
- Take the Prayer of Self Surrender to God.
- Expose to me, Lord, all the things that I do which offend unity in church and my family.
- Lord, make me to work for love and unity of your Church and my family and society.
- Pray for unity in your church. (Take seriously)
Exercise: Where there is love, there will be unity, so always promote love in order to enthrone unity.
Memory Verse: Ephesians 4:3