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1 Corinthians 13:7 (NIV)
It [love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
This week, I want us to consider the way we love our fellow Christians. Or more accurately, the way we fail to love those we worship with each week, and those outside our own fellowships.
“In reference, first, to our fellow Christians, love always believes the best of them. I wish we had more of this faith abroad in all the churches, for a horrid blight falls upon some communities through suspicion and mistrust.”
“Love's Labours," a sermon by C. H. Spurgeon, September 4, 1881
Pastor Spurgeon’s words are very sobering – and very embarrassing. And sad to say, the world notices the way we turn on each other within the church. What if we were to determine this week to change that?
Let’s ask God to examine our hearts so we can see where we fail in this area. Could it be that the more we purpose to believe the best of every believer, the more we will instill a greater spirit of unity? And perhaps, actually start to resemble the body of Christ?
I really love this verse in the Amplified Bible!
1 Corinthians 13:7
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
Father, forgive me for my judgmental attitude, especially when it is against another believer. Remind me that “There but by the grace of God, go I.”
This week’s goal:
While memorizing 1 Corinthians 13:7, I will intentionally believe the best of my fellow Christians and ask God how to pray for them.
I welcome your comments:
- Are you willing to stop judging other believers, and pray for your sisters and brothers in Christ instead?
- What other ways can you help to create more unity in your church?
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