Good morning my brothers and sisters. I pray this day finds you resting in the arms of Jesus. Yesterday, I wrote about we are a family. A family in Christ Jesus. And if we are a family in Christ Jesus, then we should be united. God had given me a Scripture yesterday for our lesson on taking up your cross. So let's go back to it. Ephesians 4:1-6- I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the UNITY of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is ONE BODY, and ONE SPIRIT, just as you were called in ONE HOPE of your calling, ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM, ONE GOD and FATHER of all, who is above all, and through all, and IN you all. There is one everything and if we are allowing the Holy Spirit to guide each and everyone of us, there will be no division. We all will be walking the same way, with the same goals in mind. Just like our bodies have many parts to work so does the body of Christ. We are not all called to do the same thing. But we are all called to the same Father. And the Father is not divided. I took on a journey several years ago and it was breaking down what I had always been taught. Not that it was outright wrong, but it was not the whole truth and if it is not the whole truth then it is a lie. Let's take a look at 1 Corinthians 1:10-13- Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of OUR Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the SAME MIND and in the SAME JUDGEMENT, For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, I am of Paul, or I am of Apollos, or I am of Cephas, or I am of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? Do me a favor instead of the name insert your denomination. We are of Christ. Now I KNOW that I don't get it right and don't understand it all, and I will never claim to. But what I do know is that He created one body with many parts and it takes us all. If you are a Christ follower, it is time that we all start listening and stop the division among ourselves. What seems radical to you may be exactly what the Lord needs. We have to sold out, following Christ wherever, whenever and to whoever. It is time for the children of God to rise up!
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