Not divide and conquer; unify and conquer

How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!
Psalm 133:1 (The Message)

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Pastor Mark was preaching it hard on Sunday. Our “ministry of love” is reconciliation of relationships (2 Corinthians 5:18). How will others know who we are? By our love.

It was important to Jesus; it should be important to us (John 17:21).

This past weekend I spent time with three of my lifelong friends. We all grew up in the same small town and went to the same small church. But we graduated from two different colleges, now live in three different cities, and are part of four different churches.

But we spent Friday all together in Auburn, proving unity doesn’t call for uniformity. Because not all four of us are equal Auburn fans (and one is no Auburn fan at all). My bff Alicia is the biggest Auburn fan I know, yet she married a University of Alabama man, lived in Tuscaloosa for a time, and sent her sons to college there. She proves you don’t have to totally agree on everything to be unified.

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Love is not divide and conquer, Pastor Mark reminded us.
It is unify and conquer.

Regardless of our different preferences and tastes and team affiliations, my friends and I share a core, common love of Jesus Christ. He’s at the heart of our friendship. May our love for each other prove it to be so.

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By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
John 13:35

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Who can you love this week and show you are Jesus’s disciple?

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