Thursday, September 19, 2013

Maurice: called to unity

Thursday, September 19, 2013
    Commemoration of Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690
    Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.
    —Philippians 1:27-28 (NIV)
    Unless we look upon ourselves as called to unity, we shall never be united. If God does not will that we should be united, what can our devices for producing it avail? Whereas, if we believe that it is His will, and that we are fighting against His will by our divisions, we have a right confidently to hope that He will at last bring us to repentance, or, if we do not repent, will accomplish His purposes in spite of us.
    ... Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872), Hope for Mankind, Macmillan, 1868, p. 27 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 133:1; Matt. 23:8; John 17:20,21; Acts 4:32; Rom. 12:16; 15:5-7; Eph. 4:3; Phil. 1:27-28; 2:1-2; Heb. 3:1; 1 Pet. 3:8; 2 Pet. 1:10-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may Your Spirit unite Your people.
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