Unity in the Body

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image by pscuga.org

Be patient and gentle,

live in humility;

bear each other in love,

to walk in unity.

We are but one body,

in Spirit, united;

all called to the same hope,

the day we decided.

There is only one God,

Who is Father of all;

Creator, Redeemer;

protective Fortress wall.

So make every effort,

be united in peace;

may His grace be poured out,

and His blessings increase.

(Responding to Ephesians 4:1-6)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have not created us to take on trials nor triumphs on our own, but You created us for community; meant to be invested in a body of believers so that we might mutually encourage each other in You.  Thank You that You give direction in Your word, and lead us by Your Spirit.  Forgive us for the times that we neglect a known need, and help us to see one another with Your eyes so that we may grow in patience and gentleness, and live in humility, bearing one another in love.  May our peace and unity among the body of believers draw those who know You not, into a safe sanctuary where they can come to know the peace of Your presence and the hope that is held in You alone.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

All for One and One for All

We are the body,

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image from jonmrichardson.com

the body is one.

We need each other

to get His will done.

If one is in lack,

the one who has much,

can extend a hand,

give God’s loving touch.

If one is in sin,

come along beside,

gently restore them,

for each one Christ died.

Compare not ourselves,

one to another.

Celebrate the good,

embrace each other.

Care for our leaders;

do not be deceived.

We reap what we sow,

take heart and believe.

Let’s not grow weary

in our doing good.

For our time will come;

blessings understood.

(Responding to Galatians 6:1-10)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You created us for community.  Thank You that You intend for us to encourage and bear one another’s burdens in love.  Thank You that this is only possible by Your strength and Your grace, given by Your Spirit in us, because of all that You freely bore on the cross.  Forgive us for comparing ourselves to one another, and help us to recognize that our remarkable value rests in You alone.  Help us to care for one another, for our leaders, and for those who lacking, and may we never grow weary of doing good.  Thank You that we have hope and help here on earth, and that we have the glory of heaven before us.  May we live life in such a way that many may come to know You.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

A Purpose and Part in the Body

                   “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” – I Corinthians  12:27                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       As believers, each of us are a part of the body of Christ.  Being His body, is uniting as a collective gathering of followers who come together as His church (His body of believers), to do as He did, so that those who know Him may be encouraged, and those who do not yet know His deity in their own lives, might be drawn unto Him.

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“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” – Romans 12:4-5 God places us together in families by faith, to form His body of believers.  The quirky collection of Christ-followers who sit beside us on Sundays, are intentionally and brilliantly placed.  For in each of us, He has designed different strengths and giftings that He intends us to use to strengthen the body, serve the community, and in all things, give glory to Him.  The members that prepare the places where we gather, are equally important in His eyes, to the pastor that is presenting the message.  God values each of us equally, and so we ought to also follow our Father’s example.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that not only do we have the privilege to be considered Your body, but You have planted a purpose and a plan for each one of us who enter into Your family by faith.  Forgive us for seeing ourselves as either too lofty or too lowly, and help us to remember that our eternal value is in and through You alone.  Lead us in love to be united in purpose as we form a fellowship as Your followers.  Teach us to trust You and to honor and admonish each member equally, as Your blessed and beloved children.  May our unity and solidarity through Your Son, summon those who do not yet know You, unto Yourself.  May our every gathering, be it for worship or service, give all glory unto You.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present