Pursuing Unity

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 1984)

January 26 – Pursuing Unity

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.

Read Romans 12:1-2 out loud.  It’s our verse of the year and we want to learn it.

"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I  urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."  Ephesians 4:1-3

One of the greatest evidences that God transforms is when a diverse body of believers loves one another and serves each other.  Why?  Because it’s impossible without God.

Apply God’s Word to your life.

Whom does God want you to love and serve?

Whom do you need to forgive?  Remember, we forgive not because someone deserves it but because God forgave us our sins when we didn’t deserve it.

With whom do you need to reconcile?

Father, thank You for showing us what love is – laying down Your life for us.  I confess that I am not loving to everyone. I often hold onto bitterness. I can get angry, lash out, and hurt your children. Transform my heart.  Help me forgive those who’ve wronged me, serve those you’ve put in my life and love everyone with Your love.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."  Philippians 2:3-4

"We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother."  1 John 4:19-21

"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."  Ephesians 4:32

"I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."  John 7:23


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