1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11
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31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
and friendship among Christians requires care and effort. There are
many things that threaten to destroy unity within the body of Christ.
Paul warns the Ephesians of some of the things they must guard
against: falsehood, failure to speak truthfully, uncontrolled anger,
holding grudges, stealing, laziness, selfishness, careless words,
bitterness, rage, fighting, slander, lack of compassion, ignoring the
Spirit, and the failure to forgive. All these things give the devil a
foothold and sabotage Christian community.
Response and Action:
want to both enjoy and extend the blessing of Christian fellowship. I
understand that this will require effort, humility, and obedience on
my part. I will strive to live with integrity. I will speak
truthfully and carefully because I want my words to be helpful and
beneficial to others. I will keep my attitude and my temper in check.
I will not allow anger to slip into rage or bitterness. I will not
hold grudges, but will instead learn to forgive and extend grace. I
will do my best to be a responsible and hardworking person. I will
cultivate a compassionate and generous attitude toward others. I will
look to the Holy Spirit for the guidance, strength, and transformation
I need to be a life-giving member of the body of Christ.
God, protect your people from the sins and weaknesses that destroy
fellowship. By the power and grace of your Holy Spirit, shape and
create a community of Christ-followers that honor you, love each other,
and bless the world. Forgive us for the times we are careless and
allow anger, malice, and selfishness divide us from each other. Help
us to turn away from careless words, ugly attitudes, and foolish
actions that cause dissension. Give us hearts that seek to love you
with everything we've got, and seek to love others as ourselves.
Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Philippians 2:1-4
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any
comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any
tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer