THEME: POWER OF UNITY
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
-Unity in Hebrew is written as Echad and relates to one-ness between individuals or groups. Unity between friends, families, society and nation is key to ensure there is peace and harmony. Jesus said, peace I leave you, My peace I give you (John 14:27). It is not our own peace that unites us as brothers and sisters, but the peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Even though sometimes we do not take advantage of the peace of Christ and His sacrifice on the cross by harboring unforgiveness in our hearts. Our unwillingness to forgive one another hinders unity from dominating our hearts and societies. Unforgiveness mutates to become bitterness and revenge takes centre stage. Unforgiveness and bitterness therefore become major barriers to unity. To restore unity among us, we need to love one another. We are required to rely on God’s love and the God of love. Love as we are aware is a fruit of the Holy Spirit against which there is no law. It is the love of God that binds us together in perfect unity. It is because of love that Jesus died for our sins and forgives us. He calls us to forgive all those who trespass against us and He will forgive our sins too. We need unconditional love if we are going to remain united through the failings of one another, and differences in opinions, positions, language, cultural background, religion, race, gender and color. We need agape love, which is the love of God that never fails to dwell in peace and perfect unity. We need the perfect unity of Christ to build relationships, families and nation for the glory of God.
Lord we thank You and bless Your holy name. Great is Your faithfulness. We rejoice in Your goodness and mercy upon our lives. We celebrate Your unending love and peace in our hearts, families, societies, nation and all the nations of the world. May Your peace be felt all over the world. Fill our hearts with Your fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control. Fill us Holy Spirit with Your gifts of knowledge, understanding, wisdom, faith, preaching, teaching, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing, prophecy, discernment of spirits, helps accordingly to Your will Holy Spirit. Train our hearts to love You and one another as ourselves. Teach our hearts to forgive one another as You forgive our trespasses to. Wash us with Your precious blood and help us to always live in peace. May You unite all families and marriage dear Jesus. Unite all the citizens of Kenya as one, even in the coming general elections, merciful Savior we humbly ask You. Oh God of all creation, bless this our land and nation. May justice be our shield and defender. May we dwell in unity, peace and liberty. May plenty be found within our borders. Amen
Further reading: Romans 14:19, Ephesians 4:2-3, Galatians 5:22-23
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