Spirit of unity

Readings Romans 15

In Mexico you did not know what would be out in the middle of the road.(That is a road! Actually an intersection.)

These horses woke us up walking down our road one night in front of the house we were staying in.

Lately I have been spying some black and white critters with one hefty whallop in the middle of the roads to work.

Dear brothers and sisters,

I was just getting used to hitting the button to keep out the air from outside of the car because of all the dead skunks around ten days ago.  Now, today I would see a form on the road, and get ready to hit the button to protect my nose, but would realize it was opossum week.  Four in the road today!  And one racoon.  I am afraid of what I will see tomorrow.  Those little creatrues are no match for our cars.  Too often there are also casualties in our families and churches.

We often joke about sibling rivalry.  I remember not being real nice to my brother Kurt.  One time I threw a rock at him at very close range.  Another time I called him a “fool” and he quickly taught me a lesson about that from the Bible.  (Jesus had some strong words for those who speak poorly of others!)  Other than those two times, I was a perfect brother.  Well, maybe there were a “few” other issues, but space or time does not permit me to spell them out.  Praise God, that in Christ, I have been forgiven and when God looks at me now, He does not see my rock throwing, name calling, countless other rebellious acts/thoughts, He sees the blood of Christ, the Righteousness of His precious Son.

Sibling rivalry does not belong in the Church, either.  It is no joke there.  It breaks my heart to hear stories of how some brothers and sisters are getting along now, and I still grieve over some past incidents at times.  I am so thankful for our current family and the unity that we enjoy!  Let’s not forget these principles and the One that loved us so!

Romans 15:1-6 (NIV)
1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.
2 Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”
4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus,
6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Never forget how Christ accepted you!

Romans 15:7 (NIV)
7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Check out this wonderful prayer that you can pray for one another! 

Romans 15:13 (NIV)
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for being available to Christ!

Love,

Steve

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