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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, August 17, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
By saying “brothers and sisters,” Paul is emphasizing that all Christians are part of God’s family. To “let there be real harmony,” allow for no “divisions” and “be of one mind, united in thought and purpose” does not require everyone to believe exactly the same. There is a difference between having opposing viewpoints and being divisive. A group of people will not completely agree on every issue, but they can work together harmoniously. If they agree on what truly matters: Jesus Christ is Lord of all. In your church, speak and behave in a way that will reduce arguments and increase harmony. Petty differences should never divide Christians.
Paul wondered whether the Corinthians’ quarrels had “divided” Christ into pieces. This is a graphic picture of what happens when the church (the body of Christ) is divided. With the many churches and styles of worship available today, we could get caught up in the same game of “my preacher is better than yours!” To do so would divide Christ again. But Christ is not divided, and his true followers should not allow anything to divide them. Don’t let your appreciation for any teacher, preacher, or author lead you into pride. Our allegiance must be to Christ and to the unity that he desires. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 1:8-13 – He will keep you strong right up to the end, and he will keep you free from all blame on the great day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. God will surely do this for you, for he always does just what he says, and he is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now, dear brothers and sisters I appeal to you by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to stop arguing among yourselves. Let there be real harmony so there won’t be divisions in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. For some members of Chloe’s household have told me about your arguments, dear brothers and sisters. Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Peter,” or “I follow only Christ.” Can Christ be divided into pieces?
God is not a God of disorder but of peace. — 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NIV)
James C. Hendrix (Indiana) titled his story “FROM DISORDER TO PEACE;” here is a portion of James’s story:
“. . . We all encounter days when our communities seem chaotic and divided, but today’s reading tells us that ours is not a God of disorder. Instead, God wants us to enjoy lives filled with order, peace, and love. When we accept God’s standard and conduct ourselves in fitting and orderly ways — whether in worship, on our jobs, or at home — we honor God and reflect God’s character.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God can give us peace in any situation.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to conduct ourselves in ways that draw people to you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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