Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 145, Song of Solomon 4:1-8, and 1 Corinthians 1:3-17
St. Paul’s command to not have division doesn’t necessarily mean that we sweep all disagreement under the rug and try to forget about it. It doesn’t mean that we have to agree with everything that every other Christian believes.
It does mean, however, that we don’t let our disagreements get out of hand. We don’t split a church because we don’t get along with the preacher. We don’t get to the point where there are such factions in the church that we can’t spend time together and be friendly.
Yes, there will always be things with which we disagree. That’s a good thing, because it helps us learn. It helps us learn how to see things from another perspective. It helps us learn to get along with people who have different ideas. It helps us learn how to listen. It helps us learn how to express ourselves clearly and with grace. Most importantly, it helps us see God in a more complete light, because if we see him through one perspective only, we’ll miss the larger picture.
Take some time to pray about this. Do you get along well with others? Are disagreements and arguments keeping you from being at peace with others? You cannot change another person, only yourself. What do you need to do differently? Ask God to help you with this. Write your own prayer.