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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Nexus, 10: Unity Takes Effort.

"Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification" (Romans 14:19, NIV).

Doing "what leads to peace" has nothing to do with comfort or convenience, yet everything having to do with calling and conviction. You cannot truly hear or pursue with integrity your calling to do anything if you are neglecting and rejecting the call to "make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification." Mutual edification is a phrase that should remind you that as much as you need or desire to be encouraged and valued in what it is you do, and more importantly, who it is that you are, so do those around you. 

Think about it. God has placed you right where you are so that you can be a catalyst of change in bringing His voice of purpose and value to the ears and lives of those around you. Choosing to be more of a megaphone for the faults and elements of another that you don't like can have a deep and destructive impact in the nexus God has designed. Ask God to show you who people really are, beyond the impressions and feelings you have in regards to them. Personality differences will always exist. The likeability factor is real, but at the same time irrelevant when it comes to speaking value and purpose in the lives of others. 

If you want people to see the value in you, then ask God to open your  eyes so that you may see it in them. Satan came to destroy the purpose in others by attacking their sense of personal value. Think before you speak. Refuse to let him use you in fulfilling that goal. There is a time to address the conflicts and choices that contradict God's truth, but there is a way to do it that doesn't point the finger back at you. Deal with people, not just problems. Seek to protect the connection, so that hell doesn't have a reason to get excited when division takes another strike at unity. Let God's love for you be the motivation for loving others. Unity takes effort, but the reward for it far surpasses the results when no effort is taken.

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