Today’s Reading: John 17
Remember, Self, to stir up the affection you have for your Family. It can be so easy to focus on the failures and divisions, the arguments and bickering – all the differences between us that the enemy uses to tear us apart. But, Self, doing that which strengthens unity is another of God’s grace-gifts to you. Having the opportunity to look for what is good, true, and upright about a Brother or Sister is a gift to you to see beyond yourself and into the good work of Christ in this Family.
Yes, there are legitimate problems in the Family that need to be addressed. Folks need accountability, correction, and discipline. We cannot allow those in error to continue making a mockery of our Lord. But, Self, is your heart bent toward correcting others for the sake of putting them in their place, or is your heart bent toward correcting others for the sake of our Lord and their good? It isn’t your job to put someone in their place, as gratifying as it may be. It is your job to come alongside with compassion, to admonish with graciousness, to correct with honor. Yes, you can be bold and forthright, but not at the expense of kindness and humility.
It’s far easier to grumble and complain, to passively point out others’ errors and poke fun at their pet sins. It’s more gratifying to your ego to put someone in their place, but, Self, you are made of far better stuff than this self-righteous finger-pointing and backhanded chattering that only deepens and widens the rifts in this Family. Look for the good, the true, and the upright. Expect to find it. Pray for eyes to see and ears to hear. Ask Abba to stir up His love in you for all His beloved children, not just the ones you like. Ask Him to help you join Him in the mending of rifts and the restoring of peace and unity. Get low, Self, and stay low.
I pray not only for these,
but also for those who believe in Me
through their message.
May they all be one,
as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.
May they also be one in Us,
so the world may believe You sent me.
-John 17:20-21, HCSB