United through Diversity

How joyful are those who fear the Lord—all who follow His ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table. That is the Lord’s blessing for those who fear him. [Psalm 128:1-4] 

Holy Spirit, Your word says: “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sound judgment, according to the measure of faith God has distributed to every man. For just as we have many parts in one body, and not all parts have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and all are parts of one another. We have diverse gifts according to the grace that is given to us; if prophecy, according to the proportion of faith; if service, in serving; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with generosity; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” [Romans 12:3-8] So I understand that in Diversity of differences, talents, knowledge, understanding, backgrounds, and maturity we are all united in one body of Spirit to be under and in God through Jesus Christ. This means we need to unite in prayer, unite under God to build his kingdom using our differences to improve not cause conflict. We need to do as John told us that the world will see and know we are Christ’s by how we love each other. We need to all stand and agree on the foundation of You the Holy Spirit, Your word, God’s standards lived by Christ and taught by the disciples and the early church of Acts, and the principles laid out through the Bible. We need to understand that although we are uniquely made, and given a purpose we all come together through Christ Jesus who saved us.  

The end of all things is near. Therefore, I will be clear-minded and self-controlled so that I can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Offering hospitality to others without grumbling. Each of us should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. I will humble myself, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift me up in due time. I will cast all my anxiety on him because he cares for me. I need to be self-controlled and alert. My enemy, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. I will resist him, standing firm in the faith, because I know that my brothers and sisters, throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering. And the God of all grace, who called me to His eternal glory in Christ, after I have suffered a little while, He will himself restore me and make me strong, firm, and steadfast. Grace and peace will be multiplied to me through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given to me all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of God who has called me to His own glory and excellence, by which He has given to me exceedingly great and precious promises so that through these things I might become a partaker of the divine nature and escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. For this reason, help me to make every effort to add virtue to my faith; and to my virtue, knowledge, and to my knowledge, self-control; and to my self-control, patient endurance; and to my patient endurance, godliness; and to my godliness, brotherly kindness; and to my brotherly kindness love. For if all of these reside in me and abound, they will ensure that I will neither be useless nor unfruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord. Help me to diligently make my calling and election sure so that when I add all these areas into my life I will not stumble and will be able to enter into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ which will be abundantly provided for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen. [1 Peter 4:7-11, 1Peter 5:6-11, 2 Peter 1:3-11 MEV version]