"I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought."
1 Corinthians 1:10
Happy New Year 2010! Today is 1-1-10.
I've shared before that every year I ask the Lord to give me one special verse for that year to reshape and transform my heart.
I am asking the Lord to reveal that verse to me for 2010 during my morning quiet times with Him. While I don't think He has impressed my 2010 scripture on my heart yet, I love what His Word says in 1 Corinthians 1:10. God wants the Body of Christ to be perfectly united in mind and thoughts so that there are no divisions among us. This can only be done as we all yield our hearts to the Holy Spirit and as we live in obedience to the Lordship of Christ.
This is a bountiful nugget of truth to savor and digest: In His name...no divisions...perfectly united in mind and thought. I am asking the Lord to let my heart soak this in so my life can live it out. I am asking Him to keep my heart humbly yielded to Him as Lord so that I do not contribute to divisions in His Body. Even if someone is busy picking at me and causing division, I am asking Him for His perfect love to fill me so He can use me as a vessel of restoration. I am asking for His grace, mercy and healing to cover me when, sadly, I do contribute to divisions. "For the grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly..." 1 Timothy 1:14
And I am asking Him for the gracious love of my family and friends so they can show this kind of mercy toward me in our relationships, that we can live out this 1-1:10 command together. I can be disagreeable and bristly. I can be stubborn and selfish. I can be grumpy. I can be ugly. I am so thankful for family and friends who allow me to grow in grace and to grow up in Christ! I need to grow up into Him. "Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ." Ephesian 4:15
For 2010, I am going to pray God transforms my heart according to 1 Corinthians 1:10. My heart's desire is to build bridges, not walls. Unity, not division. Only by His grace.
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen."
2 Peter 3:18