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Attempting to obey God and follow Jesus Christ our Lord

As One

“Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.” – (Galatians 6:1-3, The Message)

None of us ought ever think ourselves so strong, that we have no need for one another, nor that we are above bearing one another’s burdens. As a body of believers, we are called to love, encourage, correct, help, and hold up one another, as Christ freely does unto each of us. We need each other to help encourage and stay the course to which we are called. If one of us begins wander, a gentle correction, presented in love by a sister or brother, is far more likely to reset proper bearings, than gossip or glares felt from afar. One welcomes a return to what is right, the other shames the sinner to stay stuck in their straying.

May we reach out,As One

a helping hand;

when there is need,

in our fellow man.

Let us respond,

in love alone;

to help correct,

point back to Your throne.

May we lift up,

the poor, oppressed;

bring what we can,

as we have been blessed.

Let us do life,

in purpose, one;

to honor God,

the glorious One.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not call us to live out our walks on our own, but You call us to community – to be a body of believers together. Thank You that You created us to work together, helping and encouraging one another to grow more deeply in our faith in You. Forgive us for neglecting needs around us, or for ignoring something spoken for our benefit by another. Teach us to trust You more, and use us to encourage and build up the body. May we be humble and loving, patient and kind; wiling to speak and to listen as You instruct us to do. Let our hearts see others as You see them, and help us to be Your hands and voice to those around us. May many come to know You as their Savior, as we walk in obedience to all that You ask. Be glorified in how we live as community. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.

– Genesis 21:6

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One response

  1. Beautiful poem and message! Have a wonderful week ahead!

    March 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm