Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
UNITY OF THE CHURCH FOR THE WITNESS OF LIFE
V3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Paul wrote this letter to the Philippian Christians when he was in prison and at a time when he was troubled by the opposition of other christians and the false teachings in the church of Philippi. Yet this letter is marked by its emphasis on joy, confidence, unity and perseverance. One important problem which threatened the Philippi church was that of disunity, which present day churches also face.
In an attempt to safeguard the church, Paul enlists three main causes for disunity:
First, is selfish ambition. If a man is concerned only to safe guard his interests, he is bound to collide with others. For him life is a competition whose prizes he alone must win, he will always think of others as enemies or competitors who must be pushed aside.
Secondly, is the desire for personal prestige. Prestige is for many, an even greater temptation than wealth. To be admired and respected or even to be flattered, are for many people most desirable things. He should consider doing things to glorify God than getting admiration from men.
Thirdly, is the concentration on self, which means elimination of others. The object of his life becomes not to help others but to push them down.
No man can walk in disunity with his fellow men and unity with Christ. If he has Christ as the companion of his way, he is inevitably the companion of every wayfarer. The power of Christian love should keep us unity. Christian love is that unconquered goodwill which never knows bitterness and never seeks anything but good of others. If we share love from the Triune God, it will bind man to God, and man to man. The spirit of the God promotes a life of love, harmony, peace and human compassion, that should keep us from disunity.
Lord Jesus, forgive us for being selfish and for living in disunity. Enlighten our hearts with the spirit of your compassion and harmony so that we may share it with our fellow humans, Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
How often we use differences among people as a source of contention; or look at differences that our creator intended to complement each other.
Prof.A.G George, Mar Thoma Church, Mukkolackal, Thiruvanathapuram.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church