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One Church, One Mission

Written by Emma Danzey, a contemporary author.

MEDITATION:

There is no true power in anything that we say or do if Jesus is not in it … People can have many different opinions, but ultimately, we too should be seeking what God says through His Word. If what we want to share is not in agreement with what the Lord already has said, then it is not from Him. We cannot claim that we are carrying a message from God if it does not align with the Bible. Humanly speaking, we cannot accomplish perfect unity of mind and thought…When we as the church body all have the Holy Spirit, we have access to the mind of Christ. We can think and live like Jesus, not our sinful flesh, through the power of His Spirit in us. This means that barriers that would naturally stand in our way no longer matter. We can come together in perfect unity of the gospel. We can stand arm and arm next to people who are different from us but who place their faith in Christ, believe His Word, and have His Holy Spirit. There is nothing we can do to force unity; all we can do is surrender to the work of the Spirit and live our lives in a way that models it and welcomes oneness to other believers. By the power of the Living God, we can be one church with one mission serving under our one Savior.

PRAYER:

Written by Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), an Indian scholar, teacher, and musician.

Send thy peace O Lord, which is perfect and everlasting,
that our souls may radiate peace. Send thy peace O Lord, that we may think, act, and speak harmoniously. Send thy peace O Lord, that we may be contented and thankful for Thy bountiful gifts. Send thy peace O Lord, that amidst our worldly strife, we may enjoy Thy bliss. Send thy peace O Lord, that we may endure all, tolerate all, in the thought of thy grace and mercy. Send thy peace O Lord, that our lives may become a divine vision, and in thy light, all darkness may vanish. Send thy peace O Lord, our father and mother, that we thy children on Earth may unite in one family.

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