“The body is one unit, though it is comprised of many parts.
And although its parts are many, they all form one body.
So it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free, and we were all given one Spirit to drink.”
1 Corinthians 12:12,13
“The Church is everywhere represented as one. It is one body, one family, one fold, one kingdom. It is one because [it is] pervaded by one Spirit. We are all baptized into one Spirit so as to become, says the apostle, one body.”
“Love one another, as I have loved you.”
“As I study the subject of ‘separation’ in the Old and New Testaments, I discover that the weight of Scripture lies in the direction of fellowship rather than separation. What is the great overwhelming evidence that we have passed from death unto life? It is love!
Jesus Christ clearly was speaking of visible unity, such as can be seen by the world. His motive for praying was that the world might believe and the world might know. He prayed for unity among believers. God, who wills man’s unity in Christ, is a God of variety.
So often we want everyone to be the same-to think and speak and believe as we do. Many Scripture passages could be called to witness that love is the real key to Christian unity. In the spirit of true humility, compassion, consideration, and unselfishness, we are to approach our problems, our work, and even our differences.
In a world needing Your love, let me not judge those who love You too. You have made us all so different, Father. Teach me, by Your loving Holy Spirit, compassion and true unity.”
God, the Ruler of the Universe Loves you, me, and the entire
population of the world so much that He was willing to allow His
only child to take on human form, giving up infinite power, to live
and die on this earth so that you and I could live with Him for eternity.
John 3:16 (paraphrased version)
If God wanted to demonstrate the magnitude of
His love for us, what more could he do than this?
His love for us is more than we can grasp.
This is a thought worth meditating on.
This promise is ours for simply choosing
to accept His invitation. And yet so many
choose to decline His offer.
What is the message that He is trying to teach us?
As we come to understand this love more and the enormity of it:
It changes our lives.
It changes our perspective.
It changes how we treat others.
Even those who would not treat us kindly.
There is a concept in management called “sphere of influence”.
There is an area around us where we can have an influence
on the outcome of events, and there is also an area
outside our sphere that we cannot change. The key is to
focus on what lies within our sphere of influence-or
expanding our sphere of influence.
Let us then meditate more on His great Love and reflect
that Love into our world.
Like a candle let his light shine through us to dispel the
darkness we encounter in our sphere of the world.
We can make a difference where we live.