Welcome to Faith for Daily Living
The Word in Your World
Lord, I ask for your help today in all I do, think and say. Help me to be so deeply “in Christ” that I will think and act the way you would want me to. Help me to share love to others by understanding and acceptance, caring and kindness. I ask it in the name of Christ – AMEN.
Lord, I lift up to you in prayer those people who will go to worship today carrying a load of anxiety or fear. Help them to pray and to find that your grace is sufficient for them and that your strength is made perfect in weakness. Give them renewed hope. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord God, I pray for those people who today will find themselves in situations of danger they had not expected. Help them to keep calm and to trust in you that you will protect and rescue them. Help them to pray to you and to keep hoping in your resources. I ask it in Christ – AMEN.
“When you forgive someone for what he or she has done, I forgive them too. For when I forgive – if, indeed, I need to forgive anything – I do it in Christ’s presence because of you”.
2 Cor 2:10 GNB
The Christian church is a body of people made up of a number of factors. The Holy Spirit is a major factor and he creates the presence of Jesus Christ who is the head of the body, its Saviour and its Lord. Then there are the people with their ideas, their experiences, their fears, hopes, sins and shortcomings. In addition, there is the Bible with its message being the word of God and to which the people have access and by which they try to order their lives – beliefs, behaviour and standards. Another component is Satan who loves to get into churches and cause trouble.
Because of the interplay of personalities and the strange results that sometimes crop up and cause dissension, disagreements, ill-feeling and strife, relationships get snarled up and break down. In handling the problem of the difficult member at Corinth Paul struggled to make sure that it was all sorted out in a manner that brought glory to Christ. He coaxed them on to think about and work out reconciliation. This would involve forgiveness which would be in the Spirit of Christ. The phrase “in Christ” was one of Paul’s favourite expressions. He himself sought to live “in Christ”. The church’s worship, its spirituality, its teaching – all had to be worthy of a body that was “in Christ”.
Christ is still the standard, the Lord and the guide of every Christian church. And he should be present – you should be able to feel this in every activity and meeting.
Lord Jesus, be present in every activity in our congregation.
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