Prayer: O God, let me serve others as you show me in your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
True purpose of the church
11 Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace…
I can sympathize with today’s devotion. Our devotion writer tells about the call committee members discussions, wants and disagreements. We are reminded that no two people are the same. There are many opinions and ideas. Agreement is sometimes difficult to find as there are different needs and goals.
The true purpose of the church is in Paul’s words. Look for agreement. Be agreeable. Look beyond individuals and to the whole church body. What has God done and what is He doing today through the Holy Spirit. Look at the big picture. “Get the larger picture and purpose…Seek order and restoration in relationships, and respect and encourage one another. Then live in peace by putting aside the bickering over what each person or group wants. The focus is on our Lord Jesus Christ and what we can do together to share the good news of forgiveness, life, and salvation.”
Prayer: “Gracious God, keep our hearts and minds fixed on your loving and saving purpose in Christ. Amen.”
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Final Greetings and Benediction
11 Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.
13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.