Words from the Heart for Thursday February 25th, 2021
Do all these things; but most important, love each other. Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:14 (ICB)
Holding Everyone Together
According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, “The question of what it means to be a Canadian has been a difficult and much debated one. Some people see the question itself as central to that identity. Canadians have never reached a consensus on a single, unified conception of the country. Most notions of Canadian identity have shifted between the ideas of unity and plurality. They have emphasized either a vision of “one” Canada or a nation of “many” Canadas. A more recent view of Canadian identity sees it as marked by a combination of both unity and plurality.”
Jesus prayed for unity in the Church. He knew that far too many local churches would be riven by disunity and infighting. John 17 records the prayer – and it was bold. The Lord prayed that we would be one as He and the Father are one. There is a mysterious spiritual union within the Body of Christ that ought to mirror the Trinity. How is this possible, when every local church is filled with all-too-human people like you and me? Paul gives the answer to this question in Colossians 3:14: “Do all these things; but most important, love each other. Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity.” The Greek word Paul uses for love here is agapen. It is divine love, the perfect love of God. It is the no-strings-attached kind of love that is best seen in Jesus’ love for us. This is a high calling Paul is calling us to. We must love our brothers and sisters as Jesus loves them, and us. We must ask ourselves constantly, how can we do this? This isn’t optional.
These have been words from the heart.