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We Are United in Christ

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"Has Christ divided us into factions?" (1 Corinthians 1:13)

Discussion

Do you believe that Christ is on our side?

The people are confused and confounded with denominational interpretations of the Bible. And most of the people are vexed with the quarrels and divisions in Christianity. But Christ is God who stands unique and above all these divisions. His love and salvation can never be divided or limited. God wants unity in Christ as one body. Like air and music which are united and enjoyable but not tangible and not limited by space and time, God's love is united and enjoyable, but not tangible. Jesus is above all factions and denominations. Christ is not divided, and his true followers should not allow anything to divide them. Our allegiance must be to Christ and to the unity that He desires.

Jesus was taken to a cricket match by two of his friends. It was an interesting match between the Born Again and the Orthodox. The Born Again hit 6 first. Jesus cheered wildly and threw his hat high up in the air. Then the Orthodox hit the boundary. And Jesus cheered wildly and threw his hat high up in the air again. This seemed to puzzle the man behind them. He tapped Jesus on the shoulder and asked, "Which side are you rooting for, my good man?" "Me?" replied Jesus, all excited, "I'm not rooting for either side. I'm just enjoying the game." The questioner turned to his neighbor and sneered, "Hmm, an atheist!"

Jesus is on the side of His people, and does not believe in denominations. "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. So, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27,28).

Prayer

Jesus, we pray for the end of all divisions and quarrels in the Christian world. We pray for the unity in our homes and Churches. We want you to be a reality of unity in our lives. Let all our confusion vanish and peace and unity abide within us. All we ask in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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