Lord, I ask today that you will help me to forgive other people who have hurt me. Forgive me for harbouring the resentments I still feel and for dwelling on the desire to get even with them. Help me to put it all behind me and to move on. Thank you Jesus. I ask it in your name. AMEN
Lord, this is your day – the day of worship, joy and celebration of your resurrection. Through the worship of your people throughout the globe build up your disciples in faith, increase their love for you and each other and strengthen their hold on you. I ask this in Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, forgive me for the nasty habit I have got into of looking down on other people – those who are poorer than I am, those who have other views on life, those of other races and religions. Help me to think more positively and to treat them as your children. In Christ’s name I ask. AMEN
“Have the salt of friendship among yourselves, and live at peace with one another.”
Mark 9:50 GNB
Whilst salt is an ordinary household commodity today, it obviously played a much more significant role in ancient society, where there were no refrigerators. Hence Jesus had it on his mind more than we would. He said several things about salt, and these three sentences were not necessarily all said at the same time. But Peter, who informed Mark about his recollections of Jesus, recalled them together and so this is how they appear in Mark’s Gospel.
In the thirty years that elapsed between the events of Mark’s Gospel happening and his writing about them, many things had happened in the church. As well as Spirit-led progress and the spreading of the gospel, congregations had sprung up. And one of the enduring problems was the difficulty people had of getting on with each other. Corinth, so Paul tells us, had warring factions. And in some fellowships there were some disciples who were still more Jewish than Christian. We can assume that, as Peter looked back and remembered Christ’s words about salt, this one seemed especially relevant. The life and spiritual energy that emerged led to friction and sometimes disharmony. Jesus had said, though, that the saltiness they were to have was to bind them together rather than to drive them apart.
It may also be that this saying is referring to the purifying property of salt. Christian believers are to practise the purity that leads to harmony, and not to have impure minds or bitterness in their hearts. We still need to be constantly reminded to maintain peace in our Christian groups, to live at peace in Christ, and to have wholesome relationships in our churches.
Lord, enable us to be salty and peace-loving believers.
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