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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, September 13, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Differences of opinion are inevitable among human personalities and can actually be helpful if handled well. But spiritual unity is essential–loyalty, commitment, and love for God and his Word. Without spiritual unity, the church could not survive.
None of these Christians felt that what they had was their own, and so they were able to give and share, eliminating poverty among them. They would not let a brother or sister suffer when others had plenty. How do you feel about your possessions? We should adopt the attitude that everything we have comes from God. and we are only sharing what is already his. (NLT)
Acts 4:32-35 – All the believers were of one heart and mind, and they felt that what they owned was not their own; they shared everything they had. And the apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great favor was upon them all. There was no poverty among them, because people who owned land or houses sold them and brought the money to the apostles to give to others in need.
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. — 1 Corinthians 12:26 (NIV)
Deanne Ruedemann (Texas) titled her story “IN SICKNESS OR IN HEALTH;” here is a portion of Deanne’s story:
“. . . And so it is with the church body — as Paul stated in the verse quoted above. In close community, when one of us suffers, others also feel the pain and offer comfort. We are not always suffering, and so we can rejoice and celebrate life when good things are happening.
“No matter what condition we are in — suffering or rejoicing — it is better to go through it with the help of others. Together, suffering is more bearable, and rejoicing feels even greater. As a member of Christ’s church, I am committed to helping others and rejoicing with others, whether in sickness or in health.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Jesus calls us to be united in sickness or in health.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for creating your church as a body that functions together in all things. Help us to be more loving when others suffer and more joyful when they are happy. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO IS SICK
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