Sunday, October 26, 2008

Devotional of the Week October 26-November 1

1 Corinthians 12: 4-20

"Now there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, wheter we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore no to the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where where the smelling? But now God hath set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body."

"United we stand divided we fall" so the saying goes. In unity there is indeed strength, because it is when we are divided that we are at our weakest. One of the easiest ways in which to destroy a home or nation is to cause strife between people within that home or within that nation. Currently, our country is going through a financial crisis and an election. People are divided on the issues, and plenty of attacks have gone forth between the two opposing sides. While the competition to gain our votes is a natural part of elections, it does nothing to improve the state of our ailing economy. A lot of good energy which could have been used productively is wasted when we fight with one another. Instead of channelling our energies towards negative actions and deeds, let us channel our energies instead into doing what is right, and what is good. By coming together in a spirit of unity, we can do GREAT things!

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