WHAT CAN POSSIBLY UNIFY THE CHURCH?
Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
“Jesus Christ is the most unifying presence in the Universe.”
And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation …”
JESUS’ THREE LOVE COMMANDS
Love the Lord
Love your Neighbor
Love One Another … then they’ll know you are my disciples
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
- Pray for Divine Intervention
- Reemphasize the importance of the Church and Christian Faith
- Refuse the join the whirlpool of hatred … “You become what you hate.”
- Empathize with all the hurting
- We can go out of our way to practice love and forgiveness in our everyday relationships.
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
“Love Difficult People:
You’re One of Them”
The common enemy is Satan
His tactic is sin-energized hate
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend mysheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”