United in Separation

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FAITH BOOSTER:

United in Separation[July 12,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me . . . for we are close relatives. Genesis 13:8

Also Read Genesis 13:1–9(NIV)

Thrown into a project with his colleague Tim, Alvin faced a major challenge: he and Tim had very different ideas of how to go about it. While they respected each other’s opinions, their approaches were so different that conflict seemed imminent. Before conflict broke out, however, the two men agreed to discuss their differences with their boss, who put them on separate teams. It turned out to be a wise move. That day, Alvin learned this lesson: Being united doesn’t always mean doing things together.

Abraham must have realized this truth when he suggested that he and Lot go their separate ways in Bethel (Genesis 13:5–9). Seeing that there wasn’t enough space for both their flocks, Abraham wisely suggested parting company. But first, he stressed that they were “close relatives” (v. 8), reminding Lot of their relationship. Then, with the greatest humility, he let his nephew have the first choice (v. 9) even though he, Abraham, was the senior man. It was, as one pastor described it, a “harmonious separation.”

Being made uniquely by God, we may find that we sometimes work better separately to achieve the same goal. There’s a unity in diversity. May we never forget, however, that we’re still brothers and sisters in the family of God. We may do things differently, but we remain united in purpose.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • How can humility help in a “harmonious separation”?
  • How can you remain united in purpose even when you disagree with someone on a disputable matter? (Romans 14:1–10).

PRAYER OF FAITH:

God, help me to work together with others in unity, and help me to discern when it’s best to serve separately.

-Witness Ministries-

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Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta

A Parade of Colors

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FAITH BOOSTER:

A Parade of Colors [July 11,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

With your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. Revelation 5:9

Also Read Revelation 5:7–14(NIV)

For decades, London has been one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. In 1933, journalist Glyn Roberts wrote of England’s great capital, “I still think the parade of peoples and colours and tongues is just about the best thing in London.” That “parade” is still in evidence today with the blended smells, sounds, and sights of a global community. The beauty of diversity is part of the breathtaking appeal of one of the world’s greatest cities.

As with any city inhabited by human beings, however, London is not without its problems. Change brings challenges. Cultures sometimes clash. And that is one of the reasons no city built by human hands can compare to the wonder of our eternal home.

When the apostle John was transported into the presence of God, diversity was one of the elements of heavenly worship, as the redeemed sang, “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:9–10).

Imagine heaven: a parade of every people group in the world celebrating the wonder of being children of the living God—together! As believers in Jesus, may we celebrate that diversity today.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • What are the best things about the church being so diverse?
  • What can make that diversity occasionally challenging?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Father, I thank You that no people group is excluded from Your great love. Teach us to truly love one another, as You have so generously loved us.

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta