Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 24, 2013

Knowledge in Unity

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Ephesians 4:13. until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christs full stature. 

The Church as we know it today is far from unity of faith.  We quibble about so many things.  Some play, ” if you don’t agree with me I’m taking my ball and playing somewhere else.”  We are more centered on our own desires and interpretations than we are on the unity of faith in the k owl edge of Jesus, the Son of God.  When asked about their belief or religion many name a specific denomination or church name rather than saying, “I’m a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”  Christianity is not a religion, it is the way of life.  Religion is man trying to reach up to God through works.  Christianity is God reaching down to man with love, grace and forgiveness.  All we can do is accept and receive then allow Him to grow us in knowledge of Him.  Our question is are we willing to unite in God’s way of love and grace?

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February 21, 2012

Unity

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:56 am
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Ephesians 4:1-3 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

So many of our problems are related to these 3 verses. As sinful humans we find it quite a challenge to be completely humble, gentle, patient and loving. We seem always to want to put our own thoughts, feelings and desires first. We seem to think we are in the right and anyone who has other ideas is wrong. Marriages break up over this. Churches divide over this. Voters riot over this. We often think we’re only one and might as well not bother with these scriptures because one person can’t make the difference. We are so wrong. When we are one with God we have all the power of God. Paul might have written the verses but they came from God. It is God’s instruction that we live our lives this way. He wouldn’t command us to do what we can’t do. It is through His Holy Spirit that He enables us to follow through on this command. Our question is do we want Him to enable us to live this way or do we prefer to continually put ourselves first. This takes us back to Matthew 6:33. May I suggest you look it up and memorize it if you haven’t already? Let us realize God is God and we are accountable to Him.

September 24, 2011

Why Jesus Came

Jn 17:23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

In this prayer of Jesus He expresses why He came.  He came to bring us into unity – unity with God the Father and God the Son and with each other.  To come into unity we must first go to the cross, accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, ask and receive forgiveness of our sins (anything that breaks our unity with God) and receive His Holy Spirit into our lives.  Unity is hard for us as humans.  We are taught early to be independent.  We strive to have our way.  We see so much disunity in our churches.  Everyone has their own opinion and wants their opinion to set the standard.  We fail to look to God for direction and answers.  We fail to lay our own opinions aside to be in unity with each other.  As long as decisions follow the Word of God, we can choose to put our own opinions aside for the good of unity.  Let us quit striving to be so individualistic and strive to be one in God and one in each other.

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