DAY 9:Love And Unity, 10 January
1. IT'S ALL ABOUT LOVE
Christianity is centred on love; Christ gave His life for us because He loved us. Christ left heaven to die a shameful and painful death on the cross of Calvary because He loved us.
1 John 4:8 says, ‘He who does not love does not know God for God is love’. If love is not the centre of what we do, we do everything in vain.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says, “If I speak in the tongues a of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, b but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
Let us pray for God to help us to walk in love, to understand that without love, everything we do in church we do in vain. Love must be the driving force behind our actions, as we pray we should reflect on our actions, what is driving us?
2. WALK THE TALK
Love is not love until you give it away.
1 John 3:18 says ‘Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.’
We cannot say we love without doing the love, and love is an action word. It is essential that we demonstrate our love for God and for each other, practically. May God help us to DO love.
Our love for God is demonstrated through our faithfulness to Him, participating in His house, honouring him with our finances and serving him wholeheartedly in all the aspects of the church.
Our love for others is demonstrated through the things we do for others. Many times as Christians we are found wanting in the area of love, we talk love, but we do not do love,
Let us pray and ask God to help us to do love, to show our love through actions, to be there for each other as the body of Christ.
3. A LOVING CHURCH
People come to church to find love because that is where it must be found, but my question is when they come to us, are they finding it? May God help as a church to be known for love. the bible says, ‘'By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”John 13:35
Let the people that come to us be drawn by our love and let our love keep them.
May God help us not only to welcome visitors but to love them enough to make them come back.
Develop the habit of checking up on each other. In today's' world so much is happening to people emotionally, so we need to constantly check up on each other and be there to support each other as a church, making sure that no one feels lonely in our group.
Love is a responsibility for all of us not just for leaders; It is our uniform
Let's pray for our church to be a place where anyone can come and experience the love of Christ, which the world cannot give.
The bible in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-11 gives us the attributes of love.
And it begins by saying, ‘love suffers long and is kind.’ It is not possible to be long-suffering without forgiving.
It is normal that when we begin to walk in love practically, we face discouragement, and this usually comes through offense. You can be offended when you have done the right thing when you are doing your best for others, you may even begin to ask yourself where you have gone wrong, you can even be offended when you are wrong, but either way, when we are offended our love is hindered.
The devil will come in very subtle ways to discourage you and stop you from doing love.
God to help us to forgive each other, not to wait for them to ask for forgiveness
The bible in Romans 5:8 says, ‘when we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,’ He did not wait for us to say sorry
Let us pray for God to help us not to harbour bitterness but to let go. The greatest offense comes from the closest of relationships, from those that you have loved the most.
Unity is critical in the church. We need to understand that we are the body of Christ; we are not fragments of Christ; we cannot fully function unless we are fully united. The world must find healing in the church, but a divided church cannot heal the world.
Ephesians 4:3-4 says, ‘Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
Let us pray that God will bind us with the codes of His love that cannot be broken. We must develop the ability to embrace each other even in times that we differ in opinions, to understand that we may not have the same views all the time. Still, we can work together, to embrace the power of diversity and know that different is good, and God created us different for a reason.
It isn't very easy for us to unite when we don't speak the same language as what happened at the Tower of Babel.
Ask God to help us to understand the power of unity as and that we are stronger together, united we stand and divided we fall.
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