Thursday, October 4, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Christ Erases Conflicts
Eph 2:11-22
In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit (Eph 2:22).
Here Paul says that Jesus reconciled all to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing hostility. Religious fundamentalism and fanaticism are growing at a rapid pace, there are conservative Christian teachings which wound up into a narrow minded community of believers. Christ saw great faith in the eye of the Centurion and the Syrophoenician, he did not ask them their race nor creed. Humanity needs to be glued together than judging.
So the best way to erase all conflicts we need to stop judging, start doing what needs to be done to help humanity sustain its humaneness. Paul pricks a bubble, a spiritual bubble that had caused a serious division in the church. Our spirituality needs to be focused in discipline on God's Word. Remember always, we are one in the eyes of Christ. Let Paul's message remind us that we too have been given the grace to help others see that we become one.
"Made for spirituality, we allow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamour for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind, in the tomb of Jesus Christ, all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world. It is time, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to take up our proper role, our fully human role, as agents, heralds and stewards of the new day that iz dawning. That, quite simply, is what it means to be Christian, to follow Jesus into the new world, God's new world, which he has thrown open before us".- N.T.Wright.

Lord, you taught us to live as 'one', we have knowingly or unknowingly devoured that concept in our behavior, thoughts and ideas. Help us understand the true nature of your divine love and get together back as one in your name, Amen.
Christlike love can be the healing touch for all conflicts.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church