Verse of the Day 10-20-22

Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that with one purpose and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6

Paul is urging both the strong (those who have reached spiritual maturity) and the weak (those who have not yet reached spiritual maturity) to, despite their differing views on nonessential issues (See Romans 14), pursue loving, spiritual harmony in regard to matter on which the Bible is silent. This unity should be both real (“one accord”) and apparent (“one voice”). However, the ultimate purpose of our unity is not to please other believers but is to glorify God. In other words, we as followers of Christ are to be different from the world around us in the way we interact with each other.

The world seeks to divide us up based on things that are ultimately not important. Things such as race, political views, nationality, sex and/or religious views. However, we as followers of Christ are to be united in one purpose despite the petty difference that exist between us. Why are we to be united in one purpose? The answer is very simple, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand” (Matthew 12:25 NIV). When we allow petty things to divide us when we are to be standing united as one then we have allowed Satan to win a victory, because his aim is to not destroy us but to prevent us from accomplishing our God given mission. So let’s put aside our petty differences as followers of Christ, taking up our “shields of faith” and locking them together so that we can form that unbreakable wall that “can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16 NIV). Remember, united we stand but divided we fall. So let’s stand united with one another.

Today’s Bible Readings:

Jeremiah 35-36, 1 Timothy 5, Psalm 89:14-37 and Proverbs 25:25-27

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