“And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” – Colossians 3:14
She lives on another continent. I’ve never even met her. But we’re sisters in Christ.
Of whom do I write? A woman who has subscribed to my blog from Africa. Wow–how incredible is that? God’s living Word knows no boundaries or distance. Occasionally this new friend will e-mail and share how a devotion has benefitted her and others. She always includes Scriptures for me to look up and imparts words of blessing to me. Despite my leaving her name unmentioned for privacy sake, I believe she’ll know in reading this that I’m writing about her. Sister in the Lord, may our heavenly Father richly. bless. you. What an extraordinary encouragement you are to me. Thank you.
The unity of Christ’s body shines beautifully in this broken world. After all, we’re broken people–made whole in Christ–expertly placed into just the right spot: next to each other. Skillfully our Savior joins us together so our unity might draw attention to our heavenly Father. So the lost can know the Father sent the Son … and loves His people as He loves His Son (see John 17:23). Wow–how incredible is that?
Perhaps we sometimes forget the significance of Christ’s body. Intermittently we feel alone. We think no one understands our various plights. Fearfully, inwardly, selfishly we focus on ourselves … and the light grows dim. For when we neglect to live the reality of unity in Christ, the world sees individuals intent on their own agenda. But when we break free of self’s confines, we look around and embrace the beautiful brothers and sisters God has lovingly surrounded us with. Then those looking in glimpse a place of belonging … of love … a home. God’s family.
Graciously God has given us each other–Christian family members, neighbors, co-workers, church family, etc. Even believers across the sea! Every time we love one another well, we’re painting a memorable picture of God’s lavish love. And as it’s been said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
Who will you love well today?
“Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” – I John 3:18
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