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The Church – Body of Christ

In yesterday’s devotion we read how a Christian is a new creation. We have put on the new self, the image of Jesus.

What does that look like in relation to the Church, the body of Christ?

Well, we, a part of the body should. . .

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2‭-‬3 NASB

Be diligent (earnest, persistent, painstaking) to preserve the unity of the Spirit. How? In the bond of peace which means every part of the body (each person) must be humble, gentle, patient, tolerant in love.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.      Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 NASB

As a Christian we have the Spirit abiding in us so we have the capability to display the fruit of His Spirit particularly to the body of Christ.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.      Ephesians 4:4‭-‬6 NASB

God is the church. Jesus is Lord of His church. The Spirit unites us into one body under the Lordship of Christ and we are one with God who is over all, through all and in all.

🌹Are you united in faith with a body of believers? The body of Christ?!

God, I pray for your church. Unite your church into one body under the Lordship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Pour out Your Spirit on Your body of true believers to be diligent in preserving unity in Your church by the fruit of Your Spirit being displayed toward one another. In godly love may Your church be known by their love for You displayed in loving one another.

In Jesus name, amen.

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Love One Another

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 NASB

but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.   John 14:31 NASB

This I command you, that you love one another.   John 15:17 NASB

Jesus kept the commandments of the Father to show the world His love for the Father. He has commanded His disciples to love one another. By this love for one another all mankind will know we are God’s disciples.

🌹 Are you demonstrating God’s love to the world by obeying His command to love your fellow brothers and sisters?

These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.              John 15:11 NASB

Put on The Lord Jesus Christ

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
Romans 13:8‭,11,14 NASB

Do you ever think about or look at people around you the same way you imagine God looks at you?

From the day He created you His desire has been to love you, walk with you, talk with you, guide you, have a real and intimate relationship with you. How long did you walk in your disobedience and neglect before someone, or many, shared Jesus with you?

We have all been on the road to destruction. Many of the people you see everyday are on that road. Does your heart break over their destination as God’s heart broke over yours?

Every person on earth was created by God. Every one of them. Are you praying for and shining the Light to the people in your portion of the world?

🌹Salvation is near. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Love One Another

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” — John 13:35

Does love draw you? The love of God for His creation draws us to Him through the love of Jesus Christ. Love for our families draws us to the desire to spend time with them every chance we get. Love of a friend draws us to spend time with them.

On Sunday morning, does the love for “one another” draw you to church? Do you desire to be with others believers? Sunday morning to me is a chance to show love to other believers (just ask my family how many hugs I give out on Sunday morning) by gathering with them, rejoicing in the Lord with them, sharing their burdens in prayer with and for them, encouraging them and sharing life with them. If I can’t share love at church on Sunday mornings than chances are I am not sharing love during the week.

I often times envision that churches are so full on Sunday morning that parking overflows into the street and people in the neighborhood are so curious that they come inside to check it out. When they do they find the love of God because they see the love we have for one another.

Are you gathering with the saints? I hope so. God bless your Sunday worship and fellowship.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon