In today’s life we always seem to be in a battle against so many foes. Our bad habits have control over us, our self-image suffers, feeling of success is rare. Paul reminds us that our battle is not against flesh and blood. It is not against each other, but against spiritual forces, against sin. When we can’t seem to get along with someone, when brother and sister sandpaper seem to rub us the wrong way, how can we maintain the relationship and be as Christ in each other’s presence?
The battle is my sin fighting for prominence over your sin. I want the last word and you want the spotlight. I must confess my sin and humble myself before you and the Lord. You must do the same. The word of God, the sword of the Spirit, is our weapon along with prayer. We invite God into our relationship so that he can speak to us and change us. If we each seek to do the Lord’s will then God will bring reconciliation and forgive our sin as we forgive each other.
Prayer: Grant the gift of humility and make us the kind of people you created us to be, in Christ’s name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner,
Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.