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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
In this chapter of St. Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, the Apostle wrote to instruct them on unity and maturity in the Body of Christ and what that should look like. He said to make EVERY EFFORT to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. He said to make EVERY EFFORT and “Not A Half Effort.”
I don’t want to belabor the point, but here we are, towards the end of 2020, and the pandemic is still unrelenting. All that is broadcast every day is that Covid-19 is rising and that things are bad. And yes, the political unrest remains. Part of the unrest stems from the people of faith in my country. There is now a “Cancel Culture” that is so prevalent that for the least thing, people can boldly speak up and speak out against a person and start a crusade to nullify anything that person has done of merit in their life or anything they hope to do. But that happens within the church as well. Instead of making EVERY EFFORT to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace, the people in the church in America are throwing stones at each other. Politics and conspiracy theories have NO PLACE in the GOSPEL! Because neither of those subjects fosters UNITY of the Spirit through the bond of PEACE! The gospel is the GOOD NEWS for everyone. God is calling all of us to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. “Not A Half Effort!”
This AM, I am grateful to be on the side of the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. I’m thankful that my mission is not to divide people but to UNIFY people in the Spirit through the bond of PEACE! Help me today again, I pray. Amen