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Monday, April 2, 2012

Today's Verse : Ephesians 4:2-3


April 2, 2012

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 4:2-3
Effort, sweat, and dedication seem to have become the profanity
of western Christianity. To our age of grace-abusers, the Holy
Spirit reaches out with his truth and reminds us that relationships
on earth, even those in Jesus' Church, are going to require a lot
of effort, gritty love, personal sacrifice, and rigorous
determination. If we read Jesus' prayer for unity in John 17, how
could we not make every effort to keep his Body unified and our
relationship with his people loving and patient? Since our
salvation was purchased at the cost of Jesus' sweat and blood, how
can we balk when our best efforts are required to preserve the
unity of his family?
Dear Heavenly Father, forgive my impatience with others and lack
of forgiveness for them. Stir your Spirit within me to curb my
tongue, soften my heart, and extend more of an effort to others who
need your blessing. Please use me to be a peacemaker in your
Kingdom, O Lord. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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