Good Morning! Are you enjoying The Journey in our morning devotion and prayer time together? I hope so. We are learning together, and growing in our understanding of what it means to be who we need to be as church members.
- The Journey: 1-A new, or renewed attitude about our church, 2-Our church will begin to change.
- God placed us in churches to serve, to care for others, to pray for leaders, to learn, to teach, to give, and, in some cases, to die for the sake of the gospel.
- We are all necessary parts of the whole; we are different but we still work together.
- Everything we say and do is based on a Biblical foundation of love.
- I will serve. I will evangelize. I will study. I will seek to be a blessing to others.
- I will be a unifying church member.
Q: What did Paul mean when he said in Col. 3:14 that love is the perfect bond of unity? What does that mean for the local church today?
A: (Submitted by Mayci Calizo – Thank you for sharing your answer with us, Mayci!) In Colossians 3:14, it says to put love above everything else. I think that when Paul said that love is the perfect bond of unity he meant that if we do everything out of love, it will bring us together even when we disagree. This is telling the congregation today that when we don’t get along or have the same opinions, love will always bring us back together and remind us why we do what we do.
Today’s Devotion: Chapter 2 – I Will Be a Unifying Church Member (part 2)
Gossip and Other Negative Talk Let’s take time to read Romans 1:29-31. Right in the middle of those verses is the evil deed of gossip. Gossip tears down unity. Let’s read James 3:6. How should we respond to gossip? 1) Don’t be a source of gossip. 2) If someone begins to share gossip with you, kindly interrupt them, and say that you would rather not hear it. If we all make this a practice, then we will soon have the understanding that gossip is not tolerated in our church. Our congregation will be a place of joy and unity. 1 Pet. 3:10 says, “For the one who wants to love life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”
Question: What is the best path to take if someone brings gossip to you in your church? What does the Bible say about gossip? (You can answer this individually, or take time together as a family) Let’s be ready to share with each other next Sunday.
Next week >>> Chapter 2 – I Will Be a Unifying Church Member (part 3)
Let’s pray: Thank You, God, for giving us instruction on how to conduct ourselves. Love has been established as a firm foundation of what we base our words and actions on. Thank You for showing us what is pleasing to You, and what is not. Thank You, Holy Spirit, that You are constantly with us to help us in our weaknesses. We depend on You for everything we need to walk in our faith. We thank You, Lord, that You are making a way for us to be together in our services again! We are grateful that You have been with us, and will continue to be with us as we get back to fellowshipping with one another again. We ask that you will continue to heal those who are sick, protect all from the COVID-19 virus, soften the hearts of our unsaved loved ones to Your ways, and be in the middle of all of the unspoken requests represented here this morning. We know that You are always at work. We continue to focus on You in all areas of our lives. You are the One, and only, true and living God! We praise You! In Jesus’ name, amen.