August 19 The Skin We’re In

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Art by Ryan Harmon

Esther 4:1-7:10;  1 Corinthians 12:1-26;  Psalm 36:1-12;  Proverbs 21:21-22

Are you an eye?  A tooth?  A lung?  A head?  A toe?

St. Paul used the analogy of a body with all its various parts to show the Corinthian Christians the foolishness of their divisions–their cliques.  The Corinthians took sides and boasted of their “favorites” whether it was Apollos, Paul or Jesus.  They needed to grow up into spiritual maturity–accepting each member of their congregation as having worth and purpose and possessing a unique means to serve their Lord and Savior–each one gifted by the same Spirit.

Unity.  God desires it.  The Holy Spirit creates it.  Jesus died on the Cross so we might all experience it and be content with the skin we’re in!

“But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”  1 Corinthians 12:18-19

 

Lord Jesus,  Christian communities will always struggle with divisions–because Your Body–the Church–is made up of sinful human beings.  Yet, the impossible is made possible by Your shed blood on the Cross.  We are all in need of your leveling forgiveness.  May Your Spirit unite us and may we serve and love one another this day as you loved and served us.  You gave your all for us–help us do the same for our brothers and sisters in the faith.  In Your name we pray, Amen.

“Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,

your justice like the great deep.

O Lord you preserve both man and beast.

How priceless is your unfailing love.

Both high and low among men find refuge in the

shadow of your wings.”   Psalm 36:5-7

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