Posted byGeorge Tallmage
Posted onJune 21, 2016
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I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. – 1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT
The past few days in my daily Bible reading I have highlighted verses regarding harmony or unity. When a particular topic keeps coming to the forefront through various passages and texts I can only be left with the conclusion that God wants me to stop and listen more intently.
Harmony is a beautiful thing. There’s nothing better than a seeing a group of people who are not distracted by their personal differences but in harmony with the overall mission.
The overall goal as a body of Christ, that there be no divisions in the Church. Simply put, no two visions can work at any one place. That creates division. It doesn’t mean any one vision is necessarily wrong but it does mean there is a divided front. One individual or group believe the Church should be about _______________ another individual or group believe the Church should be about _____________ and what you end up with is valuable time being spent trying to decipher which you are going to do.
The antidote for division among the Church is pretty clear according to the above verse, “Be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” Simply put, think about the same things and put all your energy and effort into fulfilling one mission. This doesn’t mean you take away your individuality but it does mean you are going to use your individuality to help accomplish the collective goal.
Live in harmony, set aside division, and be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
Forgiveness should have no contingencies. For example, I forgive you if…
In Luke 23:13-49 we see where Jesus offered forgiveness in his most agonizing moments on the cross. Not because those around him asked for forgiveness but because the essence of his very nature is to offer forgiveness freely.
Our conscious act to forgive should come from a pure desire for the other persons good
Take a moment, read through Luke 23:13-49.
How has offering forgiveness allowed you to freely operate in The purpose God has for your life?
How have you been held back by choosing to not forgive?
Who do you need to forgive today regardless if they have asked for it or not?
Histroically, the Church has sporadically surged and declined as a result of disobedience, and the evangelical church has largely remained disobedient to the Great Commission. The refusual to consistently make disciples causes decline that leaves the church more defeated than before, and the world does not become evagelized. -Bill Hull | Quoted by Johnny H. Moore, pg 477 in The Great Commission Connection
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