January 19, 2015

Ephesians 4_4

Ephesians 4:1-16

The Body of Christ, the Church, is made up of people who believe in Jesus. We have the responsibility to live, work, serve, and worship together for Christ’s sake. Paul urges us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph 4:1

By ourselves we cannot; we do not want to live as Paul advises. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can live in love as Christ directs us. In John 13:13-15, Jesus shows by example the virtue of humility, and he calls us to do the same.

The NALC has been in existence as a church body long enough to see conflicts arise in congregations. Most are caused by people not putting Christ first and following his example of being humble, putting others before themselves. Phil 2:3-8 Humility is the attitude we are to have and gentleness is the action we are to live by. When we do it in love, others know that we are Jesus’ disciples.

Prayer: Dear Lord God, help us to live in peace with our brothers and sisters that we might share His love with all people. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes, Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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One Response to January 19, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    The scripture reference tells us that we are to function as many parts making up one body. Each part has a unique function, yet we are to work together as one. When we begin thinking that our part is more important than our brother or sister’s, then we cause conflict and the body will not function as Christ would have us work together. Christ is our head, why would we ignore that to follow anything or anyone else?

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