40 Days of Compassion - Day 19 - Oneness in Christ

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility." Ephesians 2:13-16

God takes people from all different backgrounds and brings them together by the blood of Christ. What we were is no longer important.  It is what we are that’s important: saved, forgiven, chosen, a child of God, adopted into His household, citizens of heaven.  Every believer is your brother or sister in Christ.  Don’t let hostility divide you.  Live out the oneness God has called you to.

Apply God’s Word to your life.
· Praise God for who you are today.
· Ask God to give you a pure heart and show you when your thoughts are hurtful and divisive.  Hurtful thoughts lead to ungodly actions.
· Is there any believer with whom You need to reconcile so that the oneness God desires is not hindered?  Do it today.

Father, thank you for being a God of reconciliation.  I confess that I have caused hostility and division in my relationships.  Help me to grow so that I can nurture the oneness Your Son died for on the cross to create.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"…for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."  Galatians 3:26-28

"We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ."  2 Corinthians 10:5

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