Point to Ponder: It is my responsibility to protect the unity of my church.
Verse to Remember: “Let us consider the things which make for harmony and the growth of our fellowship together.” — Romans 14:9 (Ph)
Question to Consider: What am I personally doing to protect unity in my church family right now?
Thus, I share Rick’s passion as he exhorts us to:
While I agree with all these in principle, I nonetheless fall short of them in practice. It is so easy to vent our frustrations and cynical criticisms without realizing the price we pay for a polluted atmosphere. I love the way Rick put it:
Similarly, I am sobered by Rick’s reminder that “a critical spirit is a costly vice.”
When I judge another believer, four things instantly happen:
Ultimately, the church is the bride of Christ. God protects her honor the way a loving husband ensures his children honor his wife, their mother. Can we do any less?
Prayer: God, you know both my love for the church, and the ways my flesh falls short of Your love for the church. Teach me to esteem my fellow believers, and respond to their weaknesses with encouragement rather than criticism. Help me to build up my leaders in prayer and service, that their jobs may not be a burden, but a joy. Thank you for my church here, and in San Jose, for all the ways that model your body. May we together continue to grow more like you. In Jesus name, and as His image, we pray. Amen.