Sunday, August 30, 2009

Day Thirty – The Love Dare: One Wife’s Journey


Back in October 2008...The scripture verse that touched me in particular today is –

Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. John 17:11

Love brings unity…
WOW! The chapter title is “Love Brings Unity”. That’s what I was just talking about, really. My showing concern would lead to greater unity in the body of Christ.

You may notice that each of these devotions builds upon the previous concept.

That was then, this is now...

Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. John 17:11

True love leads to unity. Because true love unites us in Christ, it leads to oneness of purpose. Love that is centered in Christ has the same goals from person to person because the Holy Spirit indwells us and points us in the same direction. The Lord will not contradict Himself by putting us in conflict with each other.

My husband and I are not always unified in purpose. Sometimes our human nature gets in the way and conflict arises. We also experience conflict when one of us is focused on the Lord’s purpose, and the other of us is focused on our own. To be truly unified, we must be right with the Lord and focused on Him. Then, that three strand cord will make our relationship stronger.

Papa, I want unity with You so badly. And I want unity with my husband. Bind the three of us together with unbreakable cords of love. And when conflict arises, Father, please keep one of us firmly tethered to Your side so that when the wanderer’s heart is made right, the three of us will be reunited again. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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