July #jammed: Grace serves.
Day 183: Batches of prayer.
For a time, the number of people with knee injuries on my list of healing prayers became so great that I just started to pray, “please bless and heal ‘the knees.'”
Pain seems to unite people. The awful, and seemingly endless strife without solution isn’t anything most would wish upon even their worst enemy. Pain seems to be a peaceful medium we can all relate to.
Imagine that. There is peace in pain.
In today’s verse, Paul is advising the Christians in Corinth to get along with each other. It seems like a simple enough request, to get along with other Christians. But Christians then were no less susceptible to division than Christians today. Disagreement exists within the confines of faith just as rampantly as without. Why is this?
My brothers and sisters, I urge you by the name of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed, to come together in agreement. Do not allow anything or anyone to create division among you. Instead, be restored, completely fastened together with one mind and shared judgment. 1Cor.1:10 (VOICE)
Beyond common ground, we must believe. The only way for people to be “completely fastened together with one mind and shared judgement,” is in a common pursuit of our Savior. “In the name of our Lord Jesus, come together.”
Jesus is the only hope we have for peace.
“Do not allow anything or anyone to create division around you.” Anything or anyone. Anything, like one person’s pain removed when ours remains. Anyone, comparatively, who might have the solution we hope for …or don’t.
“Anything or anyone.”
There are ample opportunities to plant seeds of bitterness, shame, jealousy, malice, guilt, comparison, and hate in this world. It’s not hard to find flaws in people, because all people are flawed. It’s much harder to focus on the good that God promises exists in every person, it’s worth the peace.
The peace that’s born out of the shared pain we endure in this world. Pain isn’t limited to physical aches. Not everyone’s struggle is imminent and obvious. Nor is ours to everyone else. When we compassionately look upon others for the good we know is in them, we act as the arms of the One who died to extend the same love to us.
Father, Praise You for pain. Thank for the way it unifies us and slows us down to depend on You and pray for each other. Forgive us for not coming straight to You with what pains us, in recognition that You alone are our Healer. Please bless and strengthen our faith in You, and the good You put in all of us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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